Bears Lose Out On Orton, Turn To McCown

The Kansas City Chiefs claimed Kyle Orton off waivers from the Denver Broncos on Wednesday, but they weren’t alone in their pursuit of the signal caller.  The Chicago Bears put in a claim for Orton hoping that he could step right in and replace the injured Jay Cutler.

After Orton was off the board, the Bears immediately signed Josh McCown to a one-year deal.  McCown has worked with Chicago offensive coordinator Mike Martz in the past and should be able to adjust to the playbook quickly.

To any Chiefs fans that are upset about Kansas City bringing in Orton, just look at the Bears signing of McCown.  Those are the types of veterans that are available this time of year, putting even more value on a guy like Orton that can play at a relatively high level and will bring compensation in the way of draft picks when he leaves via free agency after the season.

The Bears will get a chance to see what Orton can do in two weeks when the Chiefs visit Chicago.

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