Why Kyle Orton Makes Sense for the Vikings

Feb 27, 2011


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We already discussed that Cam Newton and Kevin Kolb would be good options to fill the Vikings’ void at quarterback. There is another option, Kyle Orton, that could be an even more perfect solution. That is, of course, if the Broncos are willing to part with the veteran signal caller and completely give the keys to Tim Tebow.
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Orton makes sense because unlike Newton and Kolb, he has shown that he can successfully compete at the NFL level. The fact that he’s had success on two different teams just reinforces his ability. In his past three seasons Orton has thrown 59 touchdown passes to just 33 interceptions. He’s completed 59.9 percent of his passes and averaged nearly 3500 yards per year.
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The Vikings are built to win now.  Having a quarterback that knows how to read NFL defenses, knows the preparation it takes each week, and commands the respect of the locker room and in the huddle is a requirement if you’re going to make a run at the playoffs.
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You don’t have to worry about rookie mistakes or immaturity. You don’t have to worry about a big contract going to his head. Plus, having played in Chicago, Orton already has a great feel for the NFC North. He won’t be intimidated when he goes into Lambeau. He is comfortable playing in Soldier Field. He won’t be afraid to go into Ford Field…wait, nobody is so scratch that one. What I’m trying to say he’s been there and he’s done that.
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Acquiring Orton won’t take nearly the bounty it would to get Kolb. You would still be able to use the 12th pick in the draft to help your team now. It makes too much sense not to do it. He’ll be just 29 next November so he has plenty of football ahead of him.
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There are two problems that could prevent a deal. For starters, the collective bargaining agreement has to be figured out. The longer it goes on, the less likely any deals will get done. I’m convinced there is too much money at stake for any game action to be missed, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it drags out a while.
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The other issue is whether the Broncos would be willing to part ways. If Josh McDaniels were still around, I would say it would be fairly likely they would move him. Tebow is McDaniels’ project, and it’s hard to say if the new regime will be supporters. There are already grumblings that this isn’t the case. If the Broncos opt to take a quarterback in the 2011 NFL Draft, then Orton will become expendable.
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A lot will happen before the Vikings decide what direction they will go at quarterback next year. The one that makes the most sense to me, and the one I support is trading for Kyle Orton.
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What do you think the Vikings should do a quarterback for next year?
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This article is also featured at NFLTouchdown.com, where I am the lead Vikings writer.

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