Evening AFC West notes

The Denver Post reports that Kyle Orton would love to end up in Chicago again. Orton was cut by Denver on Tuesday and the Bears have a need at quarterback with Jay Cutler expected to miss several games with a broken thumb.

It would be ironic, of course, if Orton is Cutler’s temporary replacement. The Bears put Orton in the package for Cutler in a 2009 trade. The Broncos host the Bears on Dec. 11. Meanwhile, here is a look other takes on the Orton situation from our NFL Nation bloggers.

There are several men with AFC West ties among the 26 semifinalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It just shows how much history this division has.

Former Oakland receiver Derek Hagan signed with Buffalo on Tuesday. He was cut earlier this month to make room for T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Hagan had 11 catches for 114 yards in seven games for the Raiders. Houshmandzadeh has two catches in three games.

The Chargers need to sell 3,400 tickets by Thursday for Sunday’s game against Denver to avoid a local television blackout. The team will honor former star linebacker Junior Seau during halftime.

Kansas City coach Todd Haley found the positives in Tyler Palko’s first NFL start Monday, a 34-3 loss at New England.