Needing a quarterback with Matt Cassel hurt and Tyler Palko underperforming in Week 11, the Chiefs claimed former-Bronco Kyle Orton off waivers on Wednesday afternoon.
Orton, released by Denver on Tuesday, has starting experience and familiarity with the AFC West, making him a perfect fit for a Chiefs team that needs a signalcaller. Palko threw three interceptions on Monday night vs. the Patriots and is considered more of an emergency starter than someone who can man the position over the final six weeks of the season.
It was believed that Orton wanted to re-join the Bears, who he had played for before being traded to the Broncos in 2009. Chicago is in need of a QB with Jay Cutler suffering a thumb injury last Sunday, and the Bears reportedly did put in a claim on Orton, but with a 7-3 record, they were behind 4-6 Kansas City in the waiver order. The Cowboys also made a claim for Orton, according to reports.
The way we see it
Orton struggled earlier this season with the Broncos, but still proves to be a tremendous upgrade over Palko on the Chiefs depth chart. He's started 66 career games and has a good understanding of opposing defenses, meaning it shouldn't take him too long to fit in well in Todd Haley's offense.
The upcoming schedule also provides some interesting matchups for Orton. He and the Chiefs travel to Chicago to face the Bears on Dec. 4, and then they host the Broncos in Week 17 on New Years Day.