A trade sending Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton to the Miami Dolphins is now very unlikely.
Orton earned a $1.5 million roster bonus by being on the Broncos’ roster at 4 p.m. ET Friday, but that bonus is payable within eight days of the start of the league year. However, it’s not that money at this point that makes the deal unlikely.
According to sources close to the situation, the Broncos and Dolphins could not agree on terms of a trade. As I’ve reported for weeks, the Broncos put a healthy price tag on Orton, believing he was worth at least a third-round pick. In addition, Orton could not agree to terms on a new contract with the Dolphins.
For now, the talks are “dead,” according to sources.
Could they rekindle if Miami’s quarterback situation is as dire as some suspect it could be? That remains to be seen, but no discussions are ongoing at this point.