NFL: Kyle Orton's dad confirms Chicago-Denver swap of quarterbacks
REGISTER STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES ? April 2, 2009
The Denver Broncos have agreed to trade disgruntled quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears, and the Des Moines Register confirmed Iowa native Kyle Orton will be heading to the Broncos.
Byron Orton, Kyle?s father, was on the phone with his son around 3 p.m. today when the quarterback first got word that he might be leaving the Windy City.
?Kyle called me this afternoon and was just calling to visit,? Byron told The Des Moines Register's Sean Keeler. ?And while we were talking, his agent called and said, 'Kyle, I don?t know exactly what?s going on, but... Denver?s new coach, the guy from New England (Josh McDaniels) really likes you a lot, and he?s trying to make a trade with the Bears including you.?
?And so, while he was on the phone with his agent, he got a call from Halas Hall that (Bears coach) Lovie (Smith) wanted to see him. He called me back and said, 'Dad, I think I just got traded.??
Kyle Orton was the Bears' starting quarterback last season. He played high school football at Southeast Polk.
The Bears will also reportedly send two first-round draft picks ? this year's No. 18 overall pick and the team's pick in 2010 ? and a third-rounder from this year to Denver, which would be sending a fifth-round pick in this year's draft to Chicago.
Chicago will play at Denver in a preseason game on Aug. 30.
The Broncos were trading Cutler on his terms and there was no shortage of teams lining up to take a crack at acquiring the 25-year-old Pro Bowl passer.
Cutler had asked for a trade last month after his relationship with new coach Josh McDaniels soured. McDaniels had talked to other teams about trading his rocket-armed passer.
ESPN football analyst Trent Dilfer said Denver benefited most from the trade, citing Orton?s instincts and leadership ? along with the draft picks the Broncos received in the deal.
Dilfer said Orton fits better in Denver, where he?s more likely to run a shotgun-oriented offense as he did in college at Purdue.
?The Denver Broncos get better, long term, out of this deal,? Dilfer said.
The Broncos also have veteran quarterback Chris Simms on their roster.
The Associated Press contributed to this story; check back for updates.