Kyle Orton has a new contract extension from the Denver Broncos. With the Denver Broncos giving Kyle Orton an extension, it really shows that they are not ready to give the job to Tim Tebow anytime soon. Orton’s contract extension is for one more year, at a salary of $9 million for the 2011 season. While still committing to Orton for the rest of this season and 2011, it also shows that the Broncos might have a definite plan to get Tebow ready to take over the job in the 2012 season. Within Orton’s extension, $5.5 million of it will be guaranteed money.
Orton has already been pretty impressive for the Broncos during the 2010 NFL preseason, and he looks like he is ready to lead this team again. During the offseason, Denver traded for Brady Quinn from the Cleveland Browns and then drafted Tebow from the University of Florida near the end of the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. All three have been seeing action during the preseason, but Quinn has not been impressive at all. Where it seemed that Quinn would be the back-up coming into this season, that role might belong to Tebow now.
Tebow has quite a few fans who would love to see him take over as the starting quarterback right now, but those “in the know” realize that he just isn’t ready for the NFL game yet. He has shown some nice flashes of what he might be able to do on the field some day, but this is still just the NFL preseason we are talking about. As it stands, Tebow is going to have to take his lumps as a rookie, continue to develop his game, and hopefully he will get the chance to take over as the leader of this team in the 2012 season.
By getting Orton to agree to a one-year deal, the Broncos are getting the best of both worlds here, because it keeps Orton in a starting role and gives them another year to get Tebow ready. Last year with the Denver Broncos, Orton threw for a very respectable 3,802 yards to go with 21 passing touchdowns. He will need to improve upon his completion percentage this season if he wants to help the Broncos get deep into the playoffs, but he too is only 27-years-old, so he is still learning the NFL game. The next preseason game is Saturday, Aug. 21, for the Broncos, and then they begin the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 12.