Kyle Orton is the best QB on the market.
In a quarterback driven league, such a commodity can be worth quite a bit on the open market. The Cardinals are in discussions with the Broncos and are undoubtedly weighing the cost of Orton against another hot item, Kevin Kolb.
Orton has unquestionably outplayed Kolb over the past the two seasons, and while he is older (28), he’s also proven, and is a good bet for a top 15 QB performance (assuming he ends up in a component offense). Kolb’s youth offers franchise QB upside but he also comes with a good deal of ambiguity; teams have been fleeced before by players who have failed to replicate their part-time success when given an expanded role. Kolb is expected to command a first round pick and then some, while Orton can be had for a second rounder or veteran player.
Arizona is in a good spot to reclaim their NFC West crown if they can field even a competent quarterback; Ken Whisenhunt has to believe he can take the division with Orton at the helm.
The rumor mill suggests that the team would be willing to part with former first round pick Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC for short). I have to imagine the Broncos would accept a DRC for KO trade in a heart-beat; the Broncos currently lack a viable starting option at cornerback across from Champ Bailey.
Perrish Cox played admirably as a rookie but is involved in the kind of the off the field trouble that caused him to drop to the 5th round of the 2010 draft (a sexual assault case); he’s in jeopardy of missing some if not all of the season.
Andre’ Goodman’s 2009 campaign made him look like a solid signing by the McDaniel’s regime, but fast forward to 2011: he’ll be 33 when the season starts coming off an injury plagued and ineffective 2010.
Syd’Quan Thompson gave the Broncos great return on a seventh round pick, but it’s doubtful that he’s ready for more than nickelback duties.
DRC would be a boon for the Broncos, who can use all the defensive help they can get. The Cardinals are in a good position to move him: first round pick Patrick Peterson should be an instant number one, third year man Greg Toler played well enough as a number two last year to earn the opportunity to start again. Even if they don’t have faith in Toler, the free agent cornerback market is stacked with enough talent that Arizona should be able to find a serviceable starter; Ike Taylor would be an obvious signing from his days with Whisenhunt in Pittsburg.
A deal that makes a lot of sense for both teams, but will it happen? The next few days will hold a lot of intrigue.