Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Minnesota Vikings had been considering trading for Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton early into the offseason but have since backed away from the idea. Obviously, this will require a new CBA before the two sides can even discuss the idea but it gives us an idea of what direction Minnesota considering heading in.
Leading up to this news the Vikings were rumored to be considering Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb and possibly Vince Young so to hear that Orton was atop their list is a bit of a surprise. Minnesota doesn’t see themselves going through a rebuilding process now that it finally appears that Brett Favre is going to retire. Adding a veteran quarterback could make their offense decent but there’s a chance that they may not have WR Sidney Rice back which could hurt their passing game.
As for Orton, a trade doesn’t appear to be imminent which could lead Denver to keep him for the start of the 2011 season. So far much has been made about the teams support of Tim Tebow. From everything that’s been said by the Broncos coaching staff and front office, they’re not ready to go into the upcoming season with Tebow under center.