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NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos Reportedly Wanted Conditional 7th Round Draft Pick For Kyle Orton

Whether they'll deal both has yet to be determined, but it's certainly interesting for a team in need of an offensive playmaker for the upcoming stretch run.

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NFL Rumors: Denver Broncos Reportedly Wanted Conditional 7th Round Draft Pick For Kyle Orton

Something doesn’t make sense here. Or else, something else is becoming incredibly clear.

The NFL is a quarterback’s league. You have to have a player who can move the sticks under center and the league’s best and worst can likely be separated by the development at the quarterback position. That said, there are a number of teams in the NFL who have no real hope at all at quarterback who stunningly stood still if what Ross Tucker is reporting is true.

Tucker, NFL writer for ESPN, says that the Denver Broncos were so keen to unload their starting quarterback of the last few seasons in Kyle Orton that they would have taken a conditional 7th round choice. A seventh. In other words, nothing.

Orton for (next to) nothing? That doesn’t make sense. Several teams continue to trot out players week after week that have no chance of doing anything but helping them lose. The Dolphins in particular are choosing Matt Moore every week — the same player who helped the Panthers get the first pick in the draft. And it’s with that statement that something becomes quite clear — teams are gunning for last place in the most blatant way possible.

The Dolphins are going after Andrew Luck. Other teams are in the race, but the Dolphins are officially the first to stick a white flag in the ground. Otherwise, you at least trade a conditional seventh for a quarterback with a career .500 record as a starter who is not yet 30 years old with a career touchdown to interception ratio of 79 to 55.

Whether or not Kyle Orton will ever take a team to the Super Bowl, it’s at least clear that he can be a solid signalcaller in the right system and he’s better than his reputation. He’s certainly better than Matt Moore.

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Brandon Lloyd Officially A St. Louis Ram In Exchange for 2012 Sixth Round Choice

The price is low for a league-leading wide receiver, yet when a team is dumping commodities, beggars can’t be choosers. The Denver Broncos are shipping off Brandon Lloyd — the team’s leading receiver and the overall leader in receiving yards last season — to the St. Louis Rams before the NFL trade deadline tomorrow in exchange for a 2012 sixth round draft choice that conditionally could become a fifth.

The interesting thing is that if St. Louis allows Lloyd to walk after this season and he signs a nice deal elsewhere, they will likely receive a compensation pick around the same rounds anyway. If things play out that way, that means the Rams didn’t lose much at all and grabbed a solid target for Sam Bradford. The NFL season is still young, so they could be aiming for the NFC West since they still have two head to head games against Jim Harbaugh’s resurgent 49ers team.

That said, even if this deal gets Bradford back on track in his development, it’s likely worth that pick. But Lloyd has to be frustrated that he only moves from a one-win team to another that’s yet to even celebrate this season.

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Brandon Lloyd To St. Louis Rams Makes Little Sense For A Young, Winless Team

Josh McDaniels continues to have more sway than he should have. Even after he sunk the Broncos ship for the foreseeable future with questionable draft decisions and an odd eye for talent, McDaniels apparently fooled the St. Louis Rams brass into taking on his former top receiver in Brandon Lloyd via a trade that’s reportedly already set between the two teams.

Lloyd had a spectacular year last season, leading the NFL in receiving yards (1,448) and he’s showing his talents again this season by leading the Broncos in receiving yards in a down year. McDaniels believes in his man, as he should, and thinks he can help create some opportunities for Sam Bradford to succeed in his offense. Adding a dynamic playmaker who already knows the offense and terminology will definitely help an injury depleted Rams team. But is that the right move?

The reality is that the 49ers are running away with the division and showed on Sunday at Ford Field against the Lions that they’re willing to go toe to toe with anyone in the NFL. Jim Harbaugh has his team set on cruise control toward the division lead and the Rams have a long, hard climb if they want to get over it. The Broncos realize they’re also in the basement and are ridding themselves of commodities in hopes for draft picks. That’s exactly what the Rams should be doing at this point.

Then again, they will receive some kind of compensation choice for him if Lloyd walks after the season, but it likely won’t be as high as what they paid. If they can sign him, however, then it’s a good move for all parties involved. But in a losing season, throwing draft picks at a 30-plus player doesn’t make sense on the outside.

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NFL Trade Rumors: St. Louis Rams Reportedly Set To Reunite Brandon Lloyd With Josh McDaniels

The St. Louis Rams of the winless variety are, for whatever reason, intent on acquiring at 30-year-old wide receiver. Perhaps they think the NFC East is still in reach, but the San Francisco 49ers are revealing otherwise. Either way, the team is likely looking out for the development of their prized quarterback, Sam Bradford, as they’re on the verge of acquiring Brandon Lloyd from the Denver Broncos.

Lloyd led the NFL in receiving yards last season with 1,448 yards — a season that trumped the previous four years combined. He has his doubters, but he’s again leading the Broncos in receiving yards, so it’s clear he’s found some new life late in his career.

For the Rams, they’ve already lost Danny Amendola for the season and things definitely have not played out like they would like. The season is still young, however, and perhaps Lloyd can give Josh McDaniels his target as the new Rams offensive coordinator.

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