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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Orton next?


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers' contract extension will help set the groundwork for another NFC North quarterback who seems on the verge of cashing in.

Chicago quarterback Kyle Orton, who has compiled a 91.4 passer rating in leading the Bears to a 4-3 record, has a similar situation as Rodgers. He has one more year remaining on his deal and has only recently emerged as a potential long-term answer at the position. And as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times points out, Orton and Rodgers have the same agent in David Dunn.

The market for young established quarterbacks is pretty well set now, so there is no rush from the Bears' perspective to complete a deal with Orton. And with former starter Rex Grossman still on the roster as the backup, there's an argument to be made that negotiations with Orton would be best saved for the offseason.

Regardless, it seems safe to say that Orton is next on the NFC North's priority list of quarterback contracts.

Continuing around the division: