KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kyle Orton has a new home in the AFC West.
Orton was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, who were in the market for a veteran quarterback after losing Matt Cassel to a season-ending injury to his throwing hand.
Orton was released by the Broncos on Tuesday, six weeks after he was benched following a 1-4 start. The former Chicago Bears starter, who passed for 3,000 yards each of his first two seasons in Denver, became expendable when the Broncos opted to go with Tim Tebow as their starter.
The Chiefs will be responsible for approximately 2.5 million remaining on Orton's nearly 8.9 million salary this season, but they had plenty of space under the salary cap to make the move.
Orton can become a free agent after this season.
Several other teams were interested in Orton, including the Bears, but the Chiefs were highest in the order of waiver priority and landed him. He's expected to report to the Chiefs on Thursday, though it's unlikely ...