DENVER BRONCOS: Orton-for-Cutler, Who Got the Better Deal?


Published: April 17, 2009


... for Kyle Orton, one thing I have noticed is there isn't a lot of optimism being shared.

Sure, on the surface this deal does not look much like a win-win situation for the Broncos. All everyone sees is that Denver has traded away its 2006 first round pick (No. 11 overall) and Pro Bowl quarterback.

It makes sense to ask, "What are they thinking?"

I would like to say that I do live in reality and tend to keep my feet on the ground, so when I offer this perspective, please take it with a grain of salt (or maybe slightly bigger than a pebble).

When I look at this trade, it doesn't appear at first glance that the Broncos made an even swap, but then I have to really look and ask, "Who is the real winner?"

With Josh McDaniels bringing in a system that has surely proven to be quarterback-friendly and very much capable of making a journeyman look like a stud (just ask the Chiefs—they bought into it), should Denver fans really be counting ...

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