Orton expects to be a Bronco despite talks

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
4:20
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Lame-duck Denver quarterback Kyle Orton met with the media in Denver on Thursday after he practiced with the Broncos and he said he expects to be the starter in Denver despite the fact the Broncos have been talking to Miami about a deal.

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However, the deal has hit a snag. The Denver Post reported that Orton looked much better than second-year quarterback Tim Tebow in practice Thursday.

“There’s a lot of stuff that goes on business-wise, and I really don’t take any hard feelings or anything like that,” Orton said in quotes released by the Broncos. “I’m excited to be here. I had a lot of fun out there with my teammates today. I’m excited to have a great year."

He said his current expectation is to be the Broncos’ starter.

“I expect to be here,” Orton said. “I expect to be the starter here and go out there and play the best football of my career.”

Orton didn’t sound worried about losing his job to Tebow.

“That’s not the sense that I get,” Orton said. “I’m out there competing and I like my chances if that’s my case.”

Denver coach John Fox wouldn’t say much about the Orton trade talks.

“I think out of respect for the players, and just the way we handle things, I’m not going to discuss internal discussions from the building publicly,” Fox said. “That’s the way I’ve always operated, and I think as an organization, we want to do it out of respect. We’ll have plenty of discussions moving forward. Anything we can do as an organization in our minds to improve our team we will do, but that’s not this, as it relates to Kyle Orton."

The talks with the Dolphins are well documented and a deal can still get done. If not, Orton seems prepared to be the Broncos’ starter. As I wrote earlier Thursday, whatever happens, it needs to be done quickly.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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