One of the reasons Denver Broncos head coach John Fox cited for the timing of the release of quarterback Kyle Orton on Tuesday was to give Orton "an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents with another team," according to the Broncos website. Almost every quarterback-needy team was immediately linked to the veteran passer, but two more solid reports have since emerged.
According to a tweet from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Texans are out of the Orton sweepstakes regardless of what tests on injured QB Matt Schaub reveal.
Texans aren't interested in Orton. if Schaub learns Wednesday he needs surgery, they'll sign one of vets they brought in for tryouts Monday.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Bears -- the team that drafted Orton in 2005 and then traded him for Jay Cutler in 2009 -- "have interest" in trying to claim Orton on waivers, according to a report tweeted by Chicago Tribune reporter Vaughn McClure. The Bears are optimistic that Cutler's thumb injury will not linger into the playoffs, and are reportedly seeking a veteran quarterback to serve as steward for the team during the end of the regular season.