The Kolb-Orton connection

July, 27, 2011
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It seems the name the Denver Broncos and quarterback Kyle Orton must keep an eye on in the coming hours (and perhaps in a day or so) is Philadelphia backup Kevin Kolb.

It seems Kolb and Orton are connected. That might benefit the Broncos in their attempt to deal Orton.

The Cardinals are interested in both Kolb and Orton and it is likely Arizona, which needs to add a veteran quarterback, will trade for one of them. Tuesday, the Arizona Republic reported that the Cardinals don’t think there is a major difference between Kolb and Orton, but they could lean toward Orton because he will be cheaper than Kolb.

Denver is also reportedly talking to Miami about Orton in a deal that would reunite him with receiver Brandon Marshall.

The Broncos reportedly want a third-round pick for Orton. The Kolb factor and the fact that the Dolphins are also interested could enable the Broncos to get what they want in return for Orton.

It’s clear Denver wants to move on to the Tim Tebow era and it’s clear Orton wants to remain a starter, so expect Denver to work to get a deal done. I wouldn’t be shocked if we hear more on this front later Wednesday. Denver starts practicing Thursday.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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