The Denver Broncos have released statements on the release of veteran QB Kyle Orton, which was reported earlier in the hour.
HEAD COACH JOHN FOX:
“I spoke with Kyle earlier today and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person.
“This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.
“I wish Kyle and his family all the best going forward.”
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS JOHN ELWAY:
“I would like to thank Kyle for all his work with the Denver Broncos. In the three years that he’s been here, he’s been an absolute pro. We thought it was best for the Broncos at this time as well as for Kyle to catch on with a different team.
“Kyle is going to have more options in the NFL. He’ll get an opportunity to play somewhere else, and we wish him the best of luck.”
My take: that’s all very nice, but Kyle Orton would have gotten another opportunity to play anyway in 2012. If the Chiefs or Bears pick him up (word is Chicago is interested), the Broncos gave a capable starter away to an opponent they’ll have to face in a few weeks’ time.
I know a lot of you are not Orton fans, but I’d rather face Caleb Hanie or Tyler Palko before Kyle Orton every day of the week. I hope this doesn’t come back to bite the Broncos in the ass.