Less than a week after putting starting QB Matt Cassel on injured reserve with a hand injury, the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed Kyle Orton on waivers from the division rival Denver Broncos. With journeyman Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi as the only signal callers on the Chiefs roster, Orton immediately steps in as the best option to play the rest of the was for Kansas City.
While the Chiefs are responsible for the remaining balance of Orton’s contract — and thus saving Denver some cash down the stretch — he is a free agent after this season and Kansas City will get a compensatory draft pick when the veteran signs with a new team.
Though Orton no doubt was hoping to land with his former team — the Chicago Bears who also put a claim in — the chance to stick it to the Broncos in the final game of the season has to have him excited. This situation will also allow him to play, an option that wasn’t on the table in Denver, and put together a nice audition for teams in the market for a quarterback this offseason.
More to come…