November 22nd, 2011
by bearsbacker

Kyle Orton was waived by the Denver Broncos today.

It now looks even more evident that the Bears came out on top in the Jay Cutler trade three years ago.

The Bears are said to be seriously interested in veteran Josh McCown and J.T. O’Sullivan because they know the Mike Martz system.

But wouldn’t Orton make more sense. He would even make sense for the future considering Hanie is basically auditioning for a starting gig somewhere at seasons end.

The Bears are reportedly trying to put in a claim for Orton, who left the Bears on good terms and would likely be welcomed back.

It’s very possible the Bears could let Orton pass threw waivers, which would let him sign a new deal if he cleared through the waiver process.

Orton was with the Bears from 2005-2008 and did a solid job at managing games.

The Bears are 30th in the waiver system. The Texans, a team looking for a veteran quarterback are not interested in Orton. They instead will go with one of the players they worked out yesterday.

Another team in need of a quarterback are the Chiefs, who will likely put in a waiver claim for the 29-year-old Orton with their season slipping away at 4-6.

Seattle, Indianapolis, Washington and Cleveland could also all be interested in his services for the remainder of the season.

According to the Denver Post, Orton and his agent approached team officials about the move after learning about Cutler’s injury and let it be known that the Bears were a team he’d like to play for.

In five starts this season, Orton passed for 979 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Orton makes more sense then Keeping Enderle behind Hanie as the only insurance policy.

Obviously the Martz offense is hard to master, but Orton would be better than other options even if he knew about 40-50% of the playbook.

If the Bears do have interest in Orton, he’d need to clear waivers — plus pay the $2.5 million left on his contract, ESPN reported.

The Bears opted to sign Todd Collins instead of a guy like Josh McCown last season, so is McCown really much better than Orton too. J.T. O’Sullivan another player familiar with the Martz offense hasn’t played since the 2009 season.

Having Orton behind Hanie for the rest of the season for insurance makes the most sense for the Bears. If they could keep Orton behind Cutler for next season, that would be some nice depth at the quarterback position.

With Hanie a free agent as years end, maybe the Bears could convince Orton to stay for a couple of seasons behind Cutler.

That is likely way to hypothetical at the moment, but either way trying to bring back a veteran Orton, who was comfortable in his days in Chicago makes too much sense.

4 p.m. ET Wednesday is when we’ll know whether Orton has been claimed or if he is a free agent.

Jake Perper is the owner and head writer for He is also the Chicago Bears writer for Follow him on Twitter, @Bearsbacker and on Facebook for up to the minute news about the Bears.

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