Posted Sun Mar 6th by Ian Henson
In what appeared to be a minor blurb via TwinCities.com Charley Walters reported yesterday that the Minnesota Vikings were interested in trading for Kyle Orton.
He goes on to report that the Vikings have since backed off.
I had also heard that Orton had been talking about playing for the Vikings next season, but I had not gone anywhere to confirm it.
To me the problem with Walters’ report is that it hadn’t/hasn’t yet been possible for the Denver Broncos and Vikings to do a deal, with the current state of the Collective Bargaining Agreement as it is trading wouldn’t have been possible until last Thursday at the very earliest. Not to mention that Denver didn’t even have a coach until around January 13th
So how have the Vikings backed off?
“A little birdie says the Vikings considered trading for Denver quarterback Kyle Orton but have backed off. But it wasn’t because of any progress made by Joe Webb, who insiders say is nowhere close to being an effective starter.”
Interesting to say the least, there are several teams that could be interested in Orton’s services the Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, and Washington Redskins could all be possible landing spots if the Broncos were to move Orton. There is most definitely a market.
However, given all of the confidence (back-handed or not) that both John Elway and John Fox have shown in Orton it makes me feel like the only possible landing spot for the Broncos starting quarterback is in Denver. Though it wouldn’t be abnormal for the Johns to just be using “coach speak” in order to create the market and drive the price up. Transparency can only go so far.