Chiefs Awarded Orton On Waivers/Palko Reaction

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs were awarded QB Kyle Orton on waivers Wednesday.

Now the question is how long will it take Orton to make his way to Kansas City?

National reports on ESPN, fueled by Orton’s agent David Dunn, said the quarterback did not want to play for the Chiefs and his people were encouraging the team not to put in a waiver claim on him. Orton wanted to go back to Chicago, the team that traded him away three years ago for Jay Culter, who suffered a broken thumb and is out for the next month at a minimum.

Whether Orton wants to be in Kansas City or not, he has no recourse but to report to the team. It’s the only way he collects the $2.58 million still remaining to be paid over the next six games.

To make room for Orton on the 53-man roster, the Chiefs released WR Keary Colbert on Wednesday afternoon.

Speaking after practice on Wednesday, Tyler Palko appeared unfazed by the addition of Orton, which was the first question he faced when he met with the Kansas City media.

“Todd (Haley) told me after practice that they claimed Kyle,” Palko said. “HeĀ just said we areĀ full speed ahead for Pittsburgh. I was in the huddle today, callingĀ the plays. We have a really good plan and I’m fired up about it. We are going to be OK. We are exciting aboutĀ the challenge of facing this Steelers defense. It’s a good test for us.”Ā 

There’s nothing about this situation that makes it harder for Palko.

“You’ve got to understand, I’ve been the practice squad quarterback, the No. 3, the No. 2 and started last week,” Palko said. “One thing that’s helped me prepare for this whole thing is whether I was a practice squad guy with no chance of playing on Sunday, or I was the 3, 2 or 1, I prepared the same way, with the same intensity. That’s not going to change. I’m as focused as I’ve ever been.

“This game is not for the faint of heart. You can’t be sensitive. You can’t worry about things you can’t control. This is a bottom line business and it’s about wins.”

Palko said that he’s been so involved in making his first NFL start Monday night and then coming home on Tuesday and Wednesday and dissecting the tape and preparing for Pittsburgh that he didn’t even know that Orton had been released and could be claimed off the waiver wire.

“We got back early Tuesday morning, I got a couple hours of sleep, I was in the film room all day Tuesday and came in this morning and was watching film,” Palko said. “I haven’t been watching ESPN or reading the paper or anything. That’s not my decision to make. My decision is to prepare as the quarterback of this football team.”

The Chiefs were one of three teams that reportedly put in a claim for the former Chicago-Denver starting quarterback. The others were Dallas and Chicago. In the NFL waiver system at this time of the year, the team with the worst record gets first crack at players released within the league.

Orton was axed on Tuesday after he asked the Broncos for his release. He’d lost the starting job in Denver to Tim Tebow and in recent games was actually the third quarterback behind Tebow and Brady Quinn. That happened on October 9, when he was removed at half-time of the Broncos game with San Diego. Orton was six of 13 for 34 yards and an interception. He’s not played since.

The 6-4, 225-pound native of Iowa is in his seventh NFL season after playing his college ball at Purdue. As a rookie with the Bears in 2005, he ended up starting 15 games in a season where he threw nine TD passes and 13 interceptions.

He reclaimed the starting job in 2008, opening 15 games and throwing 18 TD passes against 12 interceptions. Before the 2009 season, he was traded to the Broncos in a trade that sent the disgruntled Cutler to Chicago.

With the Broncos, Orton started two seasons and then the first five games of the 2011 season combining in that time for 49 TD passes against 28 INTs. He owned a 12-21 record as a starter with Denver.

Over his career, Orton has played in 67 games, with 66 starts. He’s completed 1,225 of 2,107 passes for 13,753 yards, 79 TDs, 55 INTs and he’s been sacked 131 times. His career passer rating is 79.4. His record as a starting quarterback is 32-34.

Despite the fact they were going to get nothing in return for releasing Orton, the Broncos went ahead and did so anyway on Tuesday, at the request of the quarterback and his agent.

“He’s been an absolute pro and even this year with the trying times going on, he’s handled it like a pro,” John Elway, the Broncos’ executive vice president of football operations, said in a team released statement. “We just thought it was the best for the Broncos at this time, as well as giving Kyle an opportunity to catch on with another team and showcase his talents there.”

Just recently, Orton was talking about how the season has gone for him.

“I’m disappointed; I wish a lot of things could be different,” Orton said. “I feel like I still have a lot of good football left in me, whether it’s here or someplace else. I know I can play and I’ll just work for another opportunity.”

No word yet on when Orton is expected to be with the Chiefs.

17 Responses to “Chiefs Awarded Orton On Waivers/Palko Reaction”

  • November 23, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    I’m shocked Clark/Pioli are spending the $2.5 mil to pay for Orton.
    It shows how bad and unprepared they know Stanzi is.

    I can’t wait to read the haters comments. Hopefully Orton can block, cover punts and rush the passer better than Cassel did.

  • November 23, 2011  - rufus says:

    I expected this – Orton thrived in this offense under McDaniels. He’s gonna compete for the job next TC and the Chiefs are getting better little by little.

    I think this says more about Cassel/Palko than it does about Stanzi. I would expect Stanzi will ride along a few seasons before being counted on to compete for the starting role.

  • November 23, 2011  - Niblick says:

    I like the move if for no other reason they are still trying to win some games the rest of this year. He probably won’t be here beyod this season, but he’s a better option better than Palko and Stanzi. I still hop the Chiefs draft one of the three top QBs after Luck- Jones, Barkley or Griffin. I’m not sure what this says about Cassell’s future, but we can worry about that later.

  • November 23, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Absolutely DUMBEST thing I’ve ever seen. This team with him or without him is NOT GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS. Just look at the remaining schedule. Even if we get lucky and beat the Raiders and Broncos we will not win the other ones. Best case might be 6-10 but that won’t get you into the playoffs. TRULY DUMBEST MOVE I’VE EVER SEEN.

  • November 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Agreed rufus its interesting to see what happens beyond this season with Orton he is upgrade over Cassel in terms of talent. Stanzi is i think still the future until proven otherwise.

  • November 23, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    I have to wonder what some people really want. I saw some other “fan” on another site argue that bringing Orton on board was the dumbest thing they could do. His argument was that if we improved enough to get in the playoffs we will only get beat anyway. That makes about as much sense as saying that even if we have the money and it makes us more competitive and we can win more games it’s the dumbest move ever. Yeah, that makes all the sense in the world. This falls under the heading of a no brainer to the folks calling the shots. You lost your starting QB and have a pop gun QB and a rookie and you want to stay with that when the other teams in the division have shown no particular ability to pull away from the rest of the pack. Give me a break.

  • November 23, 2011  - Blake says:

    yeah it is stupid to pick up a QB that is better than any available QB that we have…

    Do you really think the coaches and the rest of the team are just going to give up because the schedule is hard? That is the dumbest thing I have read!

    He is an upgrade, and it shows that Palko isn’t a starter and Stanzi isnt ready, it doesnt mean he isnt talented just that he isnt ready… yet

  • November 23, 2011  - txchief says:

    Don’t underestimate Orton’s talent. He is familiar with the Chiefs system, and he could potentially provide valuable intel on the donkeys. The move also kept him away from duh Bears who the Chiefs play in two weeks. I don’t think anyone was mistaking Cassel for a franchise QB this year. Orton is also worth a compensatory draft pick if he is released after the season. This move was much craftier than it seems on the surface.

  • November 23, 2011  - traumaman says:

    Finally, a legitimate QB for KC. Orton, though not my favorite QB in the league has the strong arm that Cassel, Palko and Stanzi all lack, reflected by their spots in the draft.

    This is the first real QB talent KC has had since Trent Green. Unfortunately, the complete ineptitude of Pioli is on display since this transaction represents the most talented, non-drafted, player acquisition he has made since taking over from King Carl.

    Just how inept is Pioli? A legitimate argument can be made that Orton is the most talented and accomplished player that has come to KC under Pioli. That would include his embarrassing and absurd attempts in every one of his KC draft classes where he continues to reach for talent and to upgrade every position except the two that result in consistent winners in the NFL; O & D lineman and QB’s.

    This talent evaluating imposter is setting the franchise back a decade with unconventional draft day decisions like reaching for Tyson Jackson, or taking a Safety and a Wide Receiver with top picks before addressing previous personnel blunders that have left us with porous lines that continue to set league records in giving up QB sacks and allowing opponents season high rushing, passing and scoring days.

    Mr. Hunt if I get one wish from you; please show Mr. Pioli the door or it will be another 45 years before this franchise sniffs another Superbowl. How much more proof do you need that without his sidekick Belichik, Pioli has consistently demonstrated he is in way over his head.

  • November 23, 2011  - Tim says:

    This was a smart play for value & upgraded talent. The fact is that we’re still in the race. Our strength is our WR group. Palko can’t take advantage of that because he doesn’t have the arm or the experience, Stanzi isn’t ready & Orton has both the experience & the arm. If we end up out of the race, I’d look for Stanzi to get a start or two.

  • November 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Perfectly said Tim

  • November 23, 2011  - COCHIEF says:

    I am a lifelong Chief’s fan and season ticket holder now living in the Denver area. I have watched Orton play every game he has started for the Broncos. He is not an ideal franchise quarterback, but he is a good, solid quarterback – as good as Cassel. Given the poor start of the Broncos this year, Orton was replaced by Tebow to evaluate whether Tebow has a future with the team, despite the fact that Orton was still their best quarterback. The Chief’s have nothing to lose other than $2.5 million by this move. Chances are he won’t resign with the Chiefs after this year, but could help them be more competitive the rest of the season. Plus, its a positive sign that the Chief’s are willing to use some of their excess cap room to try and help the team.

  • November 23, 2011  - Michael says:

    If Orton has some success with the Chiefs this year, there’s no reason to think he won’t be back in KC for 2012. Success tends to create good fits.

    The question is will the Chiefs go after a quarterback with a high draft pick next year; will they be in a position to draft one? Will they get in to a position to draft one? There’s at least 4 first round QB’s coming out: Luck, Barkley, Griffen and Landry Jones, and lot’s of interesting prospects after that in Tannehill, Foles, Cousins, Weedon, Lindley, Keenum and Russell Wilson.

  • November 23, 2011  - el cid says:

    And unlike raiders, we got an upgrade at QB and did not have to spend draft picks.

    If Orton works out, Pioli/Haley get tons of credit and if no, they tried and you cannot fault their effort, something lacking for some time.

  • November 23, 2011  - Johnfromwichita says:

    Excellent move. With six games to go we might need three or four more quarterbacks.

  • November 23, 2011  - ED J says:

    Its this simple. If he wins and offense plays at high level with him back there resign him bring him back to compete with Cassel for starting job. Chances are if we’re 8-8 or 9-7 we want have opportunity to get top knotch QB in draft so you ride it out with those two guys next season while still grooming Stanzi to be the future. At some point I’m sure him or Cassel would be released or traded during season and you move Stanzi up to #2 Qb.

  • November 24, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Picking up Orton is a good move. He is a solid QB with experience. However, we just shouldn’t be this weak at 2nd and 3rd QB. Palko is a hard worker but just has no talent. That Stanzi can’t beat him out says it all. In this current NFL rookies start all the time if they have talent and are willing to work hard. Stanzi has neither.
    With this O-line Johnfromwichita is correct, we may need 4-5 QB’s to get through the year.

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