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“However, new Broncos coach John Fox maintained Wednesday that he hasn't made up his mind about the starter and the battle is ongoing. "My story's been the same regardless of what you hear," Fox said. "And I'm in those meetings every day and know what's said to everybody. Nothing's changed. We've been singing the same song as seven months ago." League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter last week that the Broncos and Miami Dolphins were discussing an Orton trade, but talks fell apart. The Dolphins eventually signed veteran quarterback Matt Moore to compete with Chad Henne. Orton, due $8.829 million this season, received a $1.5 million roster bonus Friday, a source told ESPN NFL business analyst Andrew Brandt, greatly reducing the chances he will be dealt. Tebow has become a fan favorite in Denver since former coach Josh McDaniels traded three draft picks to select the passionate but unpolished Tebow in the first round last year. By training camp, however, it was obvious that Tebow was a project and Orton was the far better quarterback. Orton signed an $8 million extension for 2011 during training camp, and completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 3,653 yards and 20 touchdowns with nine interceptions. Tebow took over for the final three games as the Broncos' disappointing season dwindled to a 4-12 finish. The Broncos' top wide receiver, Brandon Lloyd, spent a part of his locked-out offseason working out with Tebow in an effort to better their chemistry. When the lockout ended and the Broncos reported for camp July 27, Lloyd described Orton's presence as awkward. On Monday, Lloyd alluded to the mile-high controversy as "the Tebow Thing." "They'll put Kyle on the trading block because they don't want to deal with the Tebow Thing," Lloyd told SI.com. "But it's not going to end until (Tebow) plays. The faster they get this Tebow Thing over with, one way or the other ..." Tebow, who has attempted to change his much-criticized slingshot-like throwing motion, went 1-2 as a rookie, completing 41 of 82 passes for 654 yards, five TDs and three interceptions with six sacks. He also rushed for 227 yards and six scores. Despite his mixed on-field success, Tebow's off-field profile continues to grow. He landed an advertising campaign with Jockey in March and his memoir "Through My Eyes" debuted at No. 6 on the New York Times bestseller list. Tebow's jersey also has been among the most-popular on NFLShop.com. McDaniels also acquired Orton through a trade, adding him in the Jay Cutler deal two years ago. He has amassed 7,455 yards passing and 41 touchdowns as the Broncos' starter the past two seasons, but won just 11 of 29 starts. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Tim Tebow will succeed in the NFL. He's a hard worker, a student of the game, a natural born leader and most of all a WINNER! It takes time and he'll be nice.” -- LeBron James on Twitter