INDIANAPOLIS — As my AFC West colleague Bill Williamson notes the Kansas City Chiefs appear to be leaving all options open when it comes to competition for quarterback Matt Cassel. One of those options is veteran Kyle Orton, who played well in 2011 after the Chiefs beat out the Chicago Bears to claim him in Week 12.
If the Chiefs go in another direction — and their options appear to range anywhere from Peyton Manning to Robert Griffin III — it wouldn't be surprising for the Bears to pursue Orton as the backup to Jay Cutler.
My guess is that Orton hopes to land in a place where he would have a better chance to play, and a reunion with the Bears would represent a resignation to backup status that Orton might not be ready to make yet. But it makes a lot of sense for Orton to be high on the Bears' list regardless.
Speaking generally this week, coach Lovie Smith made clear he wants to upgrade a position that was largely responsible for the Bears' disappointing finish after Cutler broke his thumb in Week 11.
"We thought we had a better plan at the quarterback position. I knew how valuable Jay was to us. That won't change. But we do need to get ourselves in a better position at that backup quarterback position. So you start with that. We have a lot of options out there. I think this is an attractive place for a quarterback."
Just something to keep in the back of your player acquisition files, at least for now.