Kyle Orton sits in the driver’s seat. It’s a good place for a veteran quarterback aiming to be a starter next season. Give it up for Orton, who improved his positioning as a free agent with his performance during Kansas City’s final three games.
Had Orton stayed in Denver as a backup to Tim Tebow or performed poorly in this time with the Chiefs, what leverage would he have entering free agency? Certainly not what he does today.
Matt Cassel has already received vocal support this offseason, multiple times, from Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli. Cassel will be back in 2012, but has also said he’s ready to compete for the starter’s job.