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Bears Deciding Future of Kyle Orton?

From: Chicago Sun Times

The getting better part is what the Bears have been tracking. Kyle Orton signed a one-year extension last winter through 2009. General manager Jerry Angelo will have to make a decision in the coming months. Has he seen enough of Orton to commit long-term? Or does he want more time — a decision that would be precarious for all of the reasons early extensions can be difficult. Go into next season with Orton heading to free agency, and there’s no guarantee he returns. Put the pressure of playing for a deal on his shoulders, and it risks becoming a distraction.

If there’s a problem in evaluating Orton, it’s looking at his numbers pre-ankle injury as opposed to the last five games. He has five touchdowns and six interceptions since returning and has thrown for more than 172 yards in only one game. Is Orton the guy who was averaging 7.3 yards per pass attempt before he was hurt or the guy who has completed just 54.1 percent of his passes since? If he’s something in between, what’s his value moving forward? Angelo has stressed there’s no rush to decide.

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2 Responses to “Bears Deciding Future of Kyle Orton?”

  1. nino says:

    pay him one year and givbe home competition with hanie and a veteran he was good enough to warrant that

  2. Brian says:

    I think he can be a long term solution. Hanie looks like he could be developed right behind him. So they should look into resigning for a long term now. After his play in the last 5 he can’t bargain big money so why wait for him to standout next season and put them through the ringer in free agency? Especially if the get some talent around him.

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