If that’s the case, Denver should simply decide to keep Orton as the starter. They tried to trade him to Miami last week, but a deal couldn’t be agreed upon.
Orton said last week his intention was to be the starter in Denver as a long as he is a Bronco. He is a free agent at the end of the season.
The Broncos clearly wanted to trade him and they wanted to see what Tim Tebow could do as a starter. If the Broncos don’t think Tebow is worthy of getting any first-team snaps, then they should make Orton the starter. The season starts in exactly six weeks for Denver.
Tebow will need all the time he can get with the first team if he is going to start. If Denver thinks he’s not ready, then they have to make that decision and stick with it.
Trading Orton in a few weeks and then trying to push Tebow (or Brady Quinn) into the starting lineup wouldn’t be fair for anyone.
Meanwhile, the Broncos are planning to look at many defensive tackles. They acquired Brodrick Bunkley from the Eagles for a conditional 2013 pick. He is a former first-round pick. There is no guarantee he will make the team. The Broncos signed former Jacksonville first rounder Derrick Harvey and are trying to sign fellow defensive linemen Jamaal Anderson and Ty Warren as they look for the right mix on the unit.
UPDATE: The Denver Post is reporting Anderson has agreed to terms with the Colts.