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Over the weekend, 'reports' surfaced that the Broncos had supposedly floated Kyle Orton's name in trade talks leading up to the Draft.  The rumors were immediately squashed by a Broncos official via Adam Shefter's Twitter.  Josh McDaniels reiterated yesterday that the Broncos never looked to trade Orton.  Such are the slow news days of May in the NFL. Let's start by saying that the 'trade block' is nothing more than a video game or fantasy term.  The truth is, there are more players available every year than are not.  Find the right deal, and virtually anyone is tradeable. Then, you add the complexity of free agency, and you have all the ingredients for trades.  By nature, the Restricted Tag is nothing more than a glorified trade block.  Did the Broncos put Orton on the trade block?  If one existed, I'd guess you'd say they did.  They put Elvis Dumervil on the 'block' as well.  By placing the 1st Round Tender on Orton, they were telling teams what his price tag would be.  If a team thought Orton was worth a contract - and the 1st Round compensation - they would have made the move.  The Broncos would then have had to decide whether to match the offer, or take the pick.  In other words, they would have traded Kyle Orton for a 1st Round pick.  Sure, I am simplifying matters, but is it really all that difficult?  To make a player available, to have discussions about a player, or simply to place a tender on a Restricted Free Agent - all are saying the same thing, and none of them is a statement that a team is unhappy with a player.  Teams need to keep their options open, all the time, with every player.  Did the Denver Broncos actively try and trade Kyle Orton before the Draft?  No, I don't believe they did, and they didn't have to.  The Tender did it for them.

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