Kyle Orton Claimed By The Kansas City Chiefs

Well, they actually did it. 

The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed QB Kyle Orton off the waiver wire, ESPN reports. The waiver wire deadline came at 3:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) today and the Chiefs were among a number teams rumored to be interested. They were ninth in the waiver wire, behind teams like the Redskins and Dolphins, but ahead of teams like the Texans and Bears.

The Chiefs now assume Orton's salary, which is reportedly just over $1.5 million. This is the final year of his contract so it's essentially a six-game rental for the moment.

The Chiefs already have starter Matt Cassel on injured reserve and the only remaining quarterbacks are Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi. Palko looked OK at times in his first start against the Patriots but threw three interceptions and the Chiefs scored just three points. Orton is clearly a better option at the moment.

The Chiefs are 4-6, two games behind the Raiders in the AFC West and Chiefs coach Todd Haley has continued to say the Chiefs have hope and this move supports that thinking.

So, how long until Kyle Orton starts?

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