The Miami Dolphins‘ Jeff Ireland has been spending a lot of time on the phones the last two days. Yesterday, the team appeared close to acquiring QB Kyle Orton from the Denver Broncos. That deal has yet to happen. Until now, everyone figured that Miami and Orton couldn’t agree on a new contract. John Clayton of ESPN threw a wrench into that thought.
Clayton is reporting that Denver want as 2nd or 3rd round pick in return for Orton. Which means that Ireland and the Dolphins are offering less. Clayton surmises a 4th or 5th.
If Ireland truly wants Orton he needs to decide what value Orton has to him. It’s possible that Orton will be released later today when teams can officially waive their own players. Orton carries a 9 mill salary cap hit for the Broncos who are over the projected 123 mill ceiling. The rumors persist that Orton still may take a pay cut to stay in Denver where Tim Tebow is likely the new starter, but that could just as easily be a smokescreen.
In reality, Ireland needs to decide two things, is Orton worth a 3rd round pick? If so, he needs to make the deal otherwise, hold out, dig in, and wait for Denver to take your offer or wait and see if they release him and get him for free.
What is apparent, is that this deal is far from close.