An agreement by, say, March 18 would give Broncos coach John Fox and his staff enough time to work with Tebow during the offseason and gain enough confidence in going forward with him.
If Tebow is the starting quarterback, most observers believe the Broncos will trade Kyle Orton. Elway and Fox have been saying Orton is their starting QB if a game were to be played today but ttaining camp doesn’t start today-it starts four months from now and a lot will change by then.
There is only one scenario where Orton is the Broncos’ starting QB in Game 1 of the 2011 season: Negotiations break down in the next week or two, an extended lockout occurs, and a labor settlement isn’t reached until well after training camp was scheduled to begin.
If a deal is done before the draft, the Broncos would be able to trade Kyle Orton April 28-30. The tentative plan for now seems to be to let Tebow and Orton compete in camp, but if Tebow beats out Orton, it’s not going to make much financial sense to keep the latter on the roster as an $8.879 million backup. Orton would be a hot commodity in a trade as so many teams need to start fresh at QB and the 2011 draft is not really strong at that position.