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The Broncos went 3-10 in games Orton started, despite the fact that the 28-year-old posted some big numbers when healthy. Orton completed 293 of 498 passes (58.8 percent) for 3,653 yards and 20 touchdowns. He threw nine interceptions. Orton's passer rating of 87.5 was 15th in the league.
Although he couldn't throw passes for a while after injuring his ribs Dec. 12 at Arizona, Orton said he doesn't believe he should have been benched for the final three games and said that if he returns to Denver next season, it should be as the starter.
"They're going to make a decision based as an organization on what they want to do," Orton said. "But certainly with my play, I don't feel like I opened the door for anybody."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.