Instant Debate: Good move by K.C.?
"Obviously he knows it pretty well, so he could probably give away a few things," said Tim Tebow, who replaced Orton as the Broncos' starting quarterback in Week 7 and has won four of five games. "But I think we'll be OK."
"Obviously, we didn't want to help anybody within our division," Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said on KOA-AM. "It was a calculated risk we took and knew that it might be a possibility. But where we are at the quarterback position, we felt good about the group we have with Tim and Brady (Quinn) and Adam Weber. Kyle's been a pro through the whole thing. We just thought we'd also give him an opportunity to hook on somewhere."
The Chiefs will be responsible for approximately $2.5 million remaining on Orton's nearly $8.9 million salary this season, but they had plenty of space under the cap to make the move. Orton can become a free agent after this season.
The Chiefs waived wide receiver Keary Colbert, who surprisingly earned a job out of training camp after spending three years away from the NFL, to make roster room for Orton.
Kansas City wasn't the only team to pursue Orton, who passed for 3,000-plus yards in each of his first two seasons in Denver.
The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday that the Bears (7-3), who were 30th in the waiver order, would put in a claim on Orton, whom they traded to the Broncos in 2009 for Jay Cutler. Minutes after word broke that the Chiefs had landed Orton, the Bearsannounced they had agreed to terms with quarterback Josh McCown to back up Caleb Hanie, who's now the starter with Cutler nursing a broken thumb.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.