The Kansas City Chiefs have considered putting in a waiver claim for Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports. The Chiefs are seeking a replacement in light of quarterback Matt Cassel’s injury.
The Chiefs lost Cassel after the starter suffered a broken right hand in a Nov. 13 loss to the Broncos. The 29-year-old was forced to undergo surgery last week to repair the injury. Tyler Palko played in Cassel's place in a Monday night loss to the New England Patriots and did not have a confidence-inspiring performance. The former undrafted free-agent completed 25 of 38 passes for 236 yards, but also threw three interceptions and no touchdowns. The 4-6 Chiefs scored just three points in the loss.
After beginning the season 4-3, Kansas City has lost their last three games to fall to 4-6 on the season. They still only trail the AFC Division leading Oakland Raiders by two games, however, which may be a motivating factor for the team to make a move to secure a quarterback. Recent reports claim that the Chicago Bears are interested in Orton's services as well. The Bears drafted Orton in 2005 but traded him for then Broncos QB Jay Cutler, who is now out with a thumb injury that will require surgery.