By Tyler McMullen @Direct_Snap on July 24, 2014
After two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, QB Kyle Orton was granted his release from the team. The 31-year-old may be looking to sign with another team that may give him a chance for some playing time, but there may only be a handful of teams out there willing to give him a chance.
Here are the top five landing spots for Kyle Orton:
The Houston Texans are looking to compete in the AFC South in the 2014 season, but will do so with a group of mediocre quarterbacks and a mid-round rookie in QB Tom Savage. Orton is easily better than anything Houston currently has on its roster and he would prove to be a great mentor for Savage, who is seen as the team's future, although I may not agree with such a statement. This is Orton's only chance of starting.
Someone needs to light a fire under Matthew Stafford's rear-end. Stafford is such a talented quarterback, but he tends to get sloppy with his delivery and decision making every now and then. Orton would be a perfect mentor for Stafford. Orton could come in and teach Stafford the ins and outs of making good decisions and taking care of the football. Orton is a classic game manager at the QB position, something Stafford should try out.
Buffalo already has its quarterback of the future in place with former first-round pick EJ Manuel, but the team desperately needs a capable back-up quarterback. Orton would be the perfect fit in Buffalo as the team's No. 2 QB. He could step in if Manuel were to get injured. Orton would also be a perfect mentor for Manuel to show him the nuances of the quarterback position at the professional level, something Manuel has not received yet.
Indianapolis, like the previous two teams, already has its quarterback in place. The only difference is that it is a border-line elite talent entering his third season in the league. Andrew Luck does not necessarily need a mentor, but the team should put an insurance policy into place in case the former No. 1 overall pick gets injured for an extended period of time. Orton would be a capable back-up to step in and keep the team competitive.
Remember last season when Green Bay had to struggle without Aaron Rodgers due to injury and the team thrust Scott Tolzien into action? That was a portion of the season to forget for Green Bay fans. Green Bay needs to have a capable back-up in case of another Rodgers injury. Orton would be a perfect fit in Green Bay's offensive scheme and is the smart game manager the team would need to remain competitive in the NFC North.
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