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Cardinals “think highly” of Kyle Orton

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KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05: Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos prepares to take a snap from center J.D. Walton #50 during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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On the same day that we wondered if the Broncos are trying to manufacture a high price tag for Kyle Orton, we have a report from the Arizona Republic that indicates the Cardinals are interested.

(And this report could be a manufactured way to reduce Kevin Kolb’s pricetag. Got all that?)

Kent Somers is hearing that the Cardinals “think highly” of Orton.

“I believe the Cardinals have Kolb rated slightly ahead of Orton, but maybe not enough to justify paying a bounty to the Eagles for him,” Somers writes. “In other words, why give up substantially more for Kolb than you would for Orton?”

The Cardinals will try to let the Eagles know that they have options. It could just be a high stakes game of chicken between the two teams, but the report makes a lot of sense.

There are plenty of personnel evaluators that would likely agree the gap between Orton and Kolb is not necessarily a big one.