Denver and San Diego headlines

Denver Broncos

The Denver Post reports Kyle Orton is not on the trading block.

My take: That makes sense. There isn’t a need to trade Orton unless there was a huge offer for him. I don’t see that happening. Denver needs Orton right now. Until Tim Tebow gets game ready and until Brady Quinn shows he’s more than a backup, Denver needs a reliable starter for the 2010 season. That’s Orton. He is not special and clearly Denver doesn’t seem him as the long-term answer. But he’s the best bet for the immediate future.

San Diego Chargers

The Chargers could play games without their top four restricted free agents: Vincent Jackson, Marcus McNeill, Shawne Merriman and Malcom Floyd.

My take: I think the toughest situations are going to be Jackson and McNeill’s. I get the feeling Jackson could stay away from the team for a while if a new deal isn’t signed. It’s just a feeling. This situation will move slowly. But if we get to the start of training camp and if even one of these players doesn’t report, it could get ugly. San Diego general manager A.J. Smith isn’t the type to tolerate holdouts. This has a chance to be a distraction or a team with high hopes for the 2010 season.