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Could Miami revisit Orton talks?

10/5/2011

I have received a lot of questions this week about whether or not the Denver Broncos could revisit trade talks with the Miami Dolphins about quarterback Kyle Orton, who is 1-3 and the subject of major fan backlash in Denver.

Denver and Miami were reportedly close to making a deal in late July but it never materialized. Now, the Dolphins are worried they may be without starter Chad Henne because of an injury. They have been looking at free-agent quarterbacks this week.

The Orton questions make sense. The Dolphins need a starter and Orton’s future in Denver is dim.

However, I don’t see it happening now. The trade didn’t happen because Orton and the Dolphins couldn’t come to a contract accord. He is a free agent at the end of the year.

It is doubtful the Dolphins would want to trade for Orton now that they are 0-4 and Orton would have 12 games left on his contract. The Dolphins are simply trying to get through this season. Miami is likely focusing more on getting a quarterback early in the first round of next year's draft.

Thus, I think the Orton ship sailed in Miami as soon as he couldn’t agree to terms on a deal during the summer.