The resurgence of Kyle Orton is in full swing.
In four games as the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback, Orton has a 104.0 quarterback rating, seventh-best in the NFL over that span. While his QBR is a below-average 46.1, Orton has thrown for nine touchdowns and just three interceptions.
That has led one question that will continue to creep up on the Bills: What do they do this offseason if Orton leads them to the playoffs?
It's a complicated situation.
If Orton proves worthy of keeping his job through the final eight games of this season and perhaps the playoffs, the first domino to fall will be his decision whether or not to void his contract.
Orton's contract includes a $7 million cap number for next season, including a $5.4 million base salary. If Orton feels he could do better elsewhere, he can void his deal and become a free agent as early as the fifth day after the Super Bowl.
In that case, the Bills would need to decide what to offer Orton. The first option is to open their wallets to give a 32-year old quarterback a long-term extension.
"You make sure he's the quarterback for the foreseeable future," ESPN NFL front office insider Bill Polian said Thursday on WGR 550 when asked how to handle the situation. "He's done a creditable job."
The other option for the Bills would be to simply offer Orton a more lucrative one-year deal. While it would strap their salary cap next season, it would also provide them with some flexibility to ride out Orton for another year while attempting to develop EJ Manuel or a younger quarterback from the 2015 draft class.
In that scenario, Orton would likely test the market for a better, longer-term offer elsewhere. Would he find one? Possibly not; other teams in need of a starting quarterback this offseason would likely be in search of a younger option.
Ultimately, Orton's greatest value might be in Buffalo. That's why, even if he voids his deal, Orton could pick up right where he left.