Kyle Orton, Vincent Jackson updates

As we get going in free agency, I wanted to pass along a couple of interesting reports.

First, the Denver Post reports the Broncos will shop quarterback Kyle Orton. That has long been expected. If Denver gets a decent offer (perhaps a third-round pick or a conditional second) Orton could be shipped out of Denver shortly and the Tim Tebow era would officially start in Denver. Miami, Arizona, Minnesota and Tennessee are among the teams that could be in play for Orton.

The Denver Post also reports soon-to-be-released Baltimore running back Willis McGahee could be targeted by Denver. I think Denver could use a veteran with more tread on his tires than McGahee.

In San Diego, Chargers general manager A.J. Smith said the Chargers are still not willing to spend huge dollars on Vincent Jackson. If he has a big season, I bet another team will. So this may be Jackson’s final season in San Diego. The Chargers franchised him.

“Vincent is a great player for us and we drafted him with high expectations,” Smith told the paper. “As you know, we have decided to move slowly toward any long-term commitment at this time. But if he and his agents’ five-year, $50 million position remains steadfast, the odds are extremely high that he will be headed elsewhere. We have so many players to consider -- both short-term and long-term over the next two years.”