Will Broncos trade Kyle Orton to rival Raiders?

Kyle Orton (8) of the Denver Broncos signals to his receivers against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on September 25, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Update: The Oakland Raiders on Tuesday acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from Cincinnati, thus rendering any deal involving Kyle Orton highly unlikely.

The Denver Broncos may be struggling, but you can't say they're boring.

On Monday, the team traded Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Lloyd- the league's leading receiver last year - to the St. Louis Rams for a conditional 2012 draft pick.

The move comes a week after Tim Tebow supplanted Kyle Orton at quarterback - and now Orton himself may be sent packing.

According to the Denver Post, the Broncos are waiting by the phone to see if division rival Oakland - who just lost quarterback Jason Campbell to an injury - inquires about Orton's availability. Campbell broke his collarbone in the Raiders' win against the Browns on Sunday.

While it would be unusual to trade an experienced QB to a division rival, the Post reports that Denver might be willing to part ways with Orton if the Raiders give up a draft pick and absorb at least part of the $5 million in salary Orton is owed in his contract.

Right now, the Raiders are going with Kyle Boller as their QB - but coach Hue Jackson has admitted Boller may not be under center for long.

"If you're a quarterback out there and you want to come play for the Raiders give us a call," Jackson said Monday.

Ouch. Not exactly a vote of confidence for Boller.

In addition to Orton, Oakland is also reportedly considering trading for Cincinnati's Carson Palmer as a replacement for Campbell, who was set to have surgery on his broken collarbone and could be back in six weeks at the earliest.

The trade deadline is Tuesday. If the Raiders go the free agent route, David Garrard is a possibility but Garrard's agent confirmed a Fox Sports report that the quarterback will need back surgery and would not be available for four to six weeks.

Other free-agent possibilities include Trent Edwards, who was in Oakland's camp this summer; Charlie Frye, who spent the past two seasons with the Raiders; and former Baltimore quarterbacks Troy Smith and Todd Bouman, who have worked with Jackson on the Ravens.

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