A Kyle Orton trade to the Miami Dolphins seemed all but certain to take place last week. Then, the Dolphins acquired QB Matt Moore and reportedly abandoned negotiations for Orton's services. But is the possibility of Orton in teal really off the table? Or, in the tradition of Monty Python, could this dead deal somehow wind up getting better?
ESPN's Bill Williamson sees an Orton trade as still possible, but not imminently. He thinks the market for Orton will revive only if "a starting quarterback gets hurt or falters badly in the preseason." But the Miami Herald's Armando Salguero isn't willing to put a toe tag on an Orton swap with the Fish. Check this tweet:
Keith Sims agrees with me that the Kyle Orton possibility to the Dolphins is not dead.
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Salguero goes into more detail in the column "Don't Rule Out a Miami Dolphins Deal for QB Orton." He writes, "This negotiation has been a poker game and everyone is holding great cards while bluffing at the same time. It seemed like the Dolphins folded early Friday. So why has no one truly walked away from the table? It's not over."
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Why not? Questions about Moore and current signal-caller Chad Henne, not to mention the ineptitude of the Dolphins offense in camp to date, which featured "too many check-down passes, a handful of mishandled snaps, and not enough eye-popping plays to suggest good days are ahead" in Salguero's view. As a result, he maintains, Dolphins fans "better pray that Orton gets traded to Miami" -- or prepare themselves for a "monstrous kind of ugly."
The potential for building demand for a transaction among the Miami base could be echoed in Denver. Thus far, Orton has been running the first-team offense, and observers say he's clearly more polished and confident than is fan-fave Tim Tebow. But the same was true in training camp last year -- and it didn't translate to many victories. A long-running quarterback controversy might be averted if Orton starts and wins consistently -- but given the mediocrity of the 2010 squad, that's a long shot. And do the tandem of John Elway and John Fox really want to be spending month after month fending off demands from Tebow loyalists that he be inserted into the starting lineup?
Probably not -- but if Orton gives the Broncos their best chance to win, they may be stuck with that chore. Unless Dolphins loyalists force that franchise to get back in the Orton game, that is.
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