The biggest reason that Denver & Miami couldn't lock down this deal is that Kyle Orton and his agent are savvy businessmen.
SImply put, Kyle wasn't willing to take a less than ideal contract with a team that clearly isn't willing to name him the de facto starter, especially when he has just under $9M guaranteed in 2011 and would probably win the QB job out of camp.
Orton & his agent played this perfectly. Kudos to them. Kyle put the chips on Kyle.
Those of you whining about epic fails and pointing fingers just learned an important lesson. The most important piece of any trade is the player, especially when the team that he plays for has no leverage (dictated by the marketplace's desire for that player).
Either nobody wanted Orton or Denver priced themselves out of the dicussion.
Miami wanted the player, but clearly doesn't think the player is as good as or likely to be as good as the player thinks that he is. Denver and Miami would have easily come to terms had the money aspect been agreed to by Orton and Miami. But it never was. The rest is history.
The winner in all of this: Orton
The loser in all of this: Tebow
Tebow will have to beat Orton out in an all-out QB battle that will unquestionably get ugly unless some team's QB gets folded in half in the next 3 weeks and they call for help.
In the end, this could be good news for Denver too. For those of us (self included) that thought that Denver just needed to see what it has in Tebow and let him play, chew on this: if Tebow can't keep Kyle Orton (an average starting QB - IMO) off of the field by midseason, then Tebow probably isn't average or better either.
And the world turns....