Just four months after signing a contract extension that included $8.1 million in guaranteed money and saying Denver "is a place I want to be," Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton believes he's been swept to the curb.
Rookie Tim Tebow has replaced him, not only for Sunday's game, but most likely for good.
Orton, who sat out last Sunday's game at Oakland because of a rib injury, said Wednesday he believes he will be healthy enough to play the final two games but has been told Tebow will get the nod.
"I'd love to play it out," Orton said. "It wasn't my decision. There was nothing I could do. . . . The way it was presented to me was he'll be the starter the rest of the season and that's just how it goes."
Orton is less than pleased with the turn of events. For half of this season, he was chasing the NFL's single-season passing record. Now, he's on the bench, in all likelihood having thrown his last pass with the Broncos, barring an injury to Tebow.