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Orton-to-Dolphins Deal Pretty Much Dead

Broncos name Orton their starter, ending Dolphins' effort to acquire the QB



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    Kyle Orton is apparently staying in Denver in 2011.

    The Dolphins fans who chanted "We Want Orton" will not get their wish fulfilled, as the Denver Broncos reportedly named Kyle Orton their starting quarterback Wednesday.

    ESPN's Adam Schefter said of the quarterback known as the Neckbeard, "They're not going to trade Kyle Orton this season. Kyle Orton is going to be the Broncos' starting quarterback."

    This marks the unofficial end of the Dolphins' quest to acquire an upgrade at quarterback over Chad Henne.

    Last week the Dolphins were said to be quite close to reaching a deal with the Broncos that would send Orton to Miami. The Dolphins were reportedly in contract negotiations with Orton, who wanted a lucrative extension included in any trade involving him.

    But talks broke down when Denver asked for more than Miami was offering in exchange for Orton.

    Miami signed free agent QB Matt Moore to a deal later in the week, signaling that the team had given up hope of landing Orton.

    If anything, this whole saga gives Henne and head coach Tony Sparano something to bond over. The Dolphins tried to hire away former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh in January while Sparano was still under contract, but failed and ended up signing Sparano to an extension.

    If history is any guide, Henne could be getting a contract extension of his own sometime soon.

    David Hill is a Miami native who used to be able to name every quarterback who has started for the Dolphins since Dan Marino retired. He has since lost count.