So for the past 12 hours or so, we barely heard any news about Orton except a small blurb from Michael Lombardi saying that the Broncos might be searching for a pick as high as the 2nd round for Orton. I personally would say they are looking for a 2nd or 3rd and there were also rumors that they wanted Randy Starks and Phillip Merling. If you ask me, we have to settle on a 3rd and Merling and maybe a 5th or something 2 years from now. Orton means more to us than we think. All offseason we heard from Omar and the front office along with every beat writer that we must and will get a QB to compete with Henne. Orton seemed to be the best fit knowing that we have Marshall here, and Mike Nolan who went against him in practice every day and knows if he is what we actually need. Not to mention Daboll to Mcdaniels connection (i'm sure they share info).
My point is, Miami is why too hush hush and secretive to ever know what they are trully thinking, plotting, negotiating on, but we didnt come that close to getting Orton just to be shown the door and end all negotiations. Vince Young gave us some leverage, but now it seems that he is Philly Bound. So, my guess and this is a well educated guess, is that we are in the midst of negotiating as we speak and hopefully will pull something together in the next 24 hours. Remember, new players can't report to camp until August 2nd I believe, so its not like he's missing any practice time, in fact he's getting reps in at Denver which is better than nothing.
Think about the Bush deal, we didnt hear ANYTHING about that until it was pretty much done, literally within an hour or 2 of the agreement. Ireland is not a push over or some scrub, he thinks rationally and knows our weaknesses better than we do. We need a qb better than Henne, and Orton happens to be the only one available, and happens to be on a team that doesn't need him and would prefer to get some compensation for him rather than having him released. The only problem is we don't know how stubborn John Elway really is so hopefully he realizes that he has no other place to ship Orton except to us.
Orton put up very good numbers last year and almost pro bowl like numbers before he got hurt in week 12 and tried to play through it for a few weeks. He was on a team with no defense, no rushing attack, and a average o-line at best. I think if he would come here, with our WR core, and Bush, and reunited with the Beast, there is no telling what stats he could put up. Remember he was actualy on pace to break Marino's yardage record at one point...the guy is smart and continues to get better every year in the NFL...with a top 5 defense and a top 10 rushing attack, we are a 10-11 win team.
Heres to hoping Orton takes his talents to South Beach, and that it doesn't cost an arm and a leg to get him here, because this season pretty much could be made or broken before it even starts.