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Chiefs Claim Kyle Orton Off Waivers; Bears Sign McCown – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 23rd, 2011 by Chalk

Chiefs Claim Kyle Orton Off Waivers; Bears Sign McCown
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The Kansas City Chiefs claimed quarterback Kyle Orton off waivers on Wednesday, a day after he was waived by the Denver Broncos. The Chicago Bears, who traded Orton to the Broncos for Jay Cutler, also put in a claim for Orton, as did the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas presumably wanted to block Orton from going back to the Bears, who recently lost Cutler indefinitely to a thumb injury.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is out for the season, and in backup Tyler Palko’s first start on Monday, Kansas City was crushed 34-3 at New England. The Chiefs will have to pay over $2.5 million to Orton for the rest of the year. He probably won’t be ready to play against the Steelers on Sunday, but could step in the following week when the Chiefs play the Bears.

With Orton gone, the Bears quickly signed veteran quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year contract. McCown has made 31 career starts since entering the NFL in 2002.

Caleb Hanie will make his first career start for the Bears on Sunday, and says coach Lovie Smith has told him that he would be the starter even if the Bears had gotten Orton. “I talked to Lovie this morning and he just said whatever veteran quarterback we bring in, you don’t need to worry about it,” said Hanie. “You’re our guy. That was it.

 
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