HAUGH: SIGN ORTON NOW
And you thought I was drinking the Kool-Aid. David Haugh writes in today’s Tribune that now is the time for the Bears to lock up Kyle Orton with a long-term deal.
Orton’s consistency through seven games has provided enough evidence for the organization to play the hunch that he’s that guy. That franchise quarterback, if you will.
If you agree with that premise, then you see why the Bears must make restructuring Orton’s contract a top priority to keep him in town beyond the 2009 season.
Sooner would be better, too, especially with a Nov. 3 league deadline that allows teams to increase a player’s salary so it counts against the current year’s cap. Teams routinely do so every year before the deadline either to reward players who have exceeded expectations or lock them up for the long term.
I don’t disagree with him. Take a look at the bench–an undrafted rookie in Caleb Hanie and the free agent to be Rex Grossman. Add that to his performance so far this year and it’s a no brainer. And that doesn’t mean a blank check. It just means that they need to retain him.