Does Kyle Orton Make The Most Sense For The Redskins In Free Agency
What a week of slow Redskins news. Everywhere you look it’s Peyton Manning and Robert Griffin III conversations. Twitter is full of magnificent tweets about whether the Redskins or the Browns are going to make the move to trade up for RG3.
Then came yesterday’s NFL Draft conference calls.
The internet became full of new topics like who would be the Redskins starting QB on week one (shocker right?)
Then guys like Rich Tandler (who I have a HUGE respect for), speculating about the possibility of Kyle Orton being the day one starter in 2012.
Back in November, when Kyle Orton got released by the Broncos, I said the Redskins should take a waiver claim to see what Ole Neck Beard had to offer. I was immediately shot down with all the, “but he’s not any good” and “he lost his job to Tebow” talk.
Don’t get me wrong, the point was not that Orton was the second coming of Theismann. The harsh reality is that he is an upgrade to what we have at the QB position right now.
Considering John Beck is the only QB under contract this off-season, Orton would be the best QB on the roster.
I have to admit, shifting my thoughts from Peyton Manning or Robert Griffin III under center to Kyle Orton is pretty sobering.
Fact is, the more I think about Orton to D.C, the more I like the idea.
Now before you go jumping off about how crazy I am calm down, and step away from the ledge.
I firmly believe this team needs a LONG TERM franchise QB solution. The time for signing a stopgap guy like Peyton has come and gone(see McNabb, Donnovan in the Redskins Archives). With guys like Andrew Luck, RG3 and even Matt Flynn available, the time to get our QB of the future is now.
Bringing on a veteran QB like Orton leads me to believe that that is exactly what Mike and Bruce are doing. Not to mention it most likely means the end of the Rex Grossman Era in D.C (and the Nation rejoices).
It’s no big secret that the last time Rex and Orton were teammates things didn’t go swimmingly. That being the case, I find it highly doubtful signing Orton and Rex is any type of possibility. Many argue that they are the same QB, but the truth is Kyle won’t turn the ball over 30+ times. Shanahan demands ball security from the QB position, which led to the eventual John Beck experiment. Kyle should be able to have similar production to Rex while we develop our assumed future star, without the turnover issues.
The main reason I am at peace over the potential of Orton in D.C is this. I believe 100% signing a veteran like Orton means the Redskins are serious about bringing in Robert Griffin III. If Griffin is 75% as exciting as he was at Baylor, we could have one explosive offense in the near future. As much as I try to convince myself that signing Peyton would not prohibit getting Griffin, the reality is, the likely hood of bringing him (Griffin) to D.C goes way up if we were to bring in a veteran QB like Orton.
Though he isn’t a perennial Pro-Bowl or former Super Bowl MVP, Kyle Orton may be the exact Free Agent QB the Redskins need.