Kyle Orton signs a one-year contract extension with the Denver Broncos

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The Broncos are in the middle of the transition period in the Mile High City as they are in the middle of an extensive rebuilding process after the departure of future Hall of Fame head coach Mike Shanahan (Washington Redskins), Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) and arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league in Brandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins).

With these two great players and two-time Super Bowl champion head coach headed elsewhere, the team had to start concentrating on bringing in new talent and finding a way to win in the AFC Conference and the AFC West division once again.

This was going to be no easy task, but the team did have some promising young talent and a well liked new head coach in Josh McDaniels.

Perhaps the biggest question mark in the McDaniels era in Denver has been the quarterback position. In the trade that sent Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears, the Denver Broncos received quarterback Kyle Orton in return. Even though Orton had played well during his time with the Bears, he was no Cutler and was no thought of as a player that could lead the Broncos to the playoffs.

Despite missing the playoffs last season after winning the first six games of the season, Kyle Orton played much better than anticipated and gave hope to Denver Broncos fans that a winning season could be right around the corner.

Interestingly enough, even with Kyle Orton playing well under center last season, head coach Josh McDaniels made a trade for quarterback Brady Quinn from the Cleveland Browns and drafted arguably the most popular college football player in the nation in Florida’s Tim Tebow.

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These were questionable moves to say the least as no one could quite understand the Denver Broncos reasoning for bringing in two more quarterbacks that could easily start for other NFL franchises around the league.

During his time with the Cleveland Browns, Brady Quinn failed to live up to expectations, but really didn’t have the right tools around him to do so and many people thought a fresh start with a new team might be just what the doctor ordered.

Fortunately, the Denver Broncos were willing to give him this start, but they were going to make him work for it as he would have to battle it out with Kyle Orton and rookie Tim Tebow.

So even though the Denver Broncos are absolutely stacked at the quarterback position, Josh McDaniels and company seem completely content with Kyle Orton being their starting quarterback under center and for good reason as he definitely makes this team much better on the offensive side of the football.

As a way to show their faith in their starting quarterback, the Denver Broncos have signed Kyle Orton to a one-year contract extension worth about $9 million dollars which will have $5.5 million dollars of the deal being guaranteed money.

It still remains to be seen whether or not Kyle Orton will be worth this new extension, but he is off to a good start as he has put up impressive numbers in the first two preseason games against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Detroit Lions.

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