The NFL has a problem with its trading deadline. It occurs too early in the season.
If you'd care to see a poster child for this dilemma, look no further than Kyle Orton.
It's not that Orton has done anything controversial or really, anything at all to put himself in this odd spotlight.
Just about a month ago, he was a struggling starting quarterback in Denver. But then the Broncos caved in to fan pressure created by a 1-4 start, and replaced Orton with one-of-a-kind QB Tim Tebow.
With Tebow at the wheel for the immediate future, the Broncos had little desire to keep a seven-year pro like Orton hanging around as a third-stringer with a pretty decent resume.
Denver wanted all the arguments to go away. So on Nov. 22, the Broncos waived Orton.
That move started a chain of events which will reach a figurative -- and perhaps literal -- banging of heads Sunday in Chicago.
The slumping Kansas City Chiefs (4-7) face the playoff-hungry Bears, who are 7-4 but may be edging closer to ...