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Broncos notes: Orton hopes to return to team

By: FRANK SCHWAB
January 3, 2010
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Quarterback Kyle Orton will go into the offseason on a down note. He threw for 431 yards but also had three interceptions, which tied a season high, and two were returned for touchdowns. Now Orton goes into free agency and the Broncos have to decide on his future.

“I think something is going to get worked out,” Orton said. “I certainly want to be back with these guys. I want to be back with these coaches.”

“Orton played a lot of good football this year,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “We’ll re-evaluate everything and we’ll re-evaluate that.”

Marshall drama
McDaniels refused to discuss the future of receiver Brandon Marshall and tight end Tony Scheffler, who were each deactivated in the finale. McDaniels did say he thought that publicly benching them didn’t affect the game.

Safety Renaldo Hill was asked after the game if he thought Marshall, who said he was injured with a hamstring injury suffered in Wednesday’s practice, quit on the team.

“Brandon, he is a competitor,” Hill said. “I definitely don’t think that was the case.”

Gaffney plays big
If Marshall isn’t with the Broncos next season, Jabar Gaffney had a great audition for a bigger role without him. Gaffney had 14 catches for 213 yards, including many spectacular grabs. Gaffney had two touchdowns last week.

“It doesn’t surprise me how he played,” McDaniels said. “We moved him around a lot and did a lot of things with him. He’s a pro and I’m glad I have the opportunity to coach him. I look forward to working with him for a long time.”

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