With the news of Jason Campbell most likely missing the remainder of the 2011 season after suffering a broken collarbone against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Oakland Raiders are in desperate need of acquiring another quarterback. While reports indicated late Sunday the team was showing strong interest in Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, it appears they may have a shot at another quarterback–Kyle Orton of the Denver Broncos.
According to Mike Klis of the Denver Post, the Broncos are open to trading Orton to their division rivals–as long as they receive what they want in return.
From Klis’ article:
“Although the Raiders are their most-heated rival in the AFC West, the Broncos would be willing to give up Orton in return for a draft pick and relief from the estimated $5 million left on his salary.”
Obviously, Denver is re-opening the doors for a possible Orton deal now that Tim Tebow has been named the starter for Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins–not to mention they realize the chances of Orton returning next season may be slim since he’s a free agent in 2012. The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t afraid to make a trade with their NFC East rivals when they sent Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins and it appears the Broncos are willing to take the same risk.
As for the 4-2 Raiders, Orton would be a major upgrade over Kyle Boller or Terrelle Pryor–so they should seriously consider trying to work something out with John Elway and company.
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