Is Kyle Orton’s job secure with the Broncos? As of now it appears that it is despite early offseason reports and rumors. Earlier this offseason the Denver Post reported that Orton was available per a source within the Broncos organization. On Monday Josh McDaniels extinguished all reports and rumors by stating that neither Kyle Orton nor any of the Broncos quarterbacks are available via trade. As we all know, Josh comes from the Belichick coaching tree, and their actions say what their words don’t or didn’t say. Majority of the time when you listen or watch an interview done by any coach that once coached under Belichick, you have to read between the lines or have a wait and see approach as to if they mean what they say. With all that being said, let’s play devil’s advocate and assume that Orton is still on the trading block. What should Denver do? Don’t trade him and allow him to play out the last year of his contract? Or do they maximize his trade value and try to get something for him while they can?

In my opinion, I believe that trading Orton would be the best option for the Broncos. Why have Orton play his last year in Denver as a lame duck QB on a young, developing team? Orton is a nice guy and says and does all of the right things, but Orton isn’t the future of this franchise and I think everyone around the country knew that last year when he was traded to Denver. The fact that Josh has brought in two young quarterbacks, also indicates to everyone that Orton isn’t the long-term solution in Denver. Orton is essentially a temporary solution to Jay Cutler being traded to Chicago in one of the biggest trades in NFL history. The Broncos have three young quarterbacks that Josh needs to figure out what their roles are going to be in Denver. Giving Brady Quinn, Tim Tebow and Tom Brandstater snaps/playing time is essential in Josh determining the QB of the future for this team. I do realize that Orton is possibly the best starting QB on the roster as of now, and he gives the Broncos the best chance to win. But to me he is the best starter on this team by default. It’s not like he beat out three veteran quarterbacks for the starting job. Tebow is a rookie, Brandstater is a second year player who didn’t get many snaps last year, and Brady Quinn was just traded to Denver a couple of months ago. Trading Orton would allow the Broncos to acquire another pick or a player to address other needs and develop their young QBs.

Now one school of thought is that you let Orton play his last year and let him walk without anything in return. In doing so, the team stays competitive and the young quarterbacks have a chance to learn from Orton. Some say that by trading Orton, the organization would be giving up on the 2010 season and would anger their fans. But hasn’t the organization somewhat already done that by trading away very talented players for fifth round draft picks? Why give the fans a false sense of hope by having a competitive year in 2010, then next year making the fans endure through a season of growing pains from a new young starting QB? Not every quarterback is going to have the success that Matt Cassel had in 2008 with the Patriots when he came off the bench without any prior starting QB experience, and had a great year after Tom Brady’s injury. So you cant expect Quinn, Tebow or Brandstater to come in next year as the starter and have the same success as Cassel did in 2008. To me it seems as if you’re spinning your wheels by not trading Kyle Orton. Josh has revamped this team and developed a competitive, progressive, always moving forward and getting better culture and attitude within this franchise. Keeping Orton for another year goes against that culture when he obviously isn’t part of the team’s long-term plans. To many people’s surprise, including Orton himself possibly, he had a really good year last year. If there was ever a time to maximize his trade value which still may not be much, it’s now.

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