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Bears lose out on Kyle Orton when Chiefs claim him off waivers

Quarterback Kyle Ortplaced waivers by Denver Broncos was claimed by Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday. The Bears were one three teams

Quarterback Kyle Orton, placed on waivers by the Denver Broncos, was claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday. The Bears were one of three teams to put in a claim for Orton, but the Chiefs got him because they had the worst record. | Jack Dempsey~

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Updated: November 23, 2011 4:33PM

The Kansas City Chiefs, who placed starter Matt Cassel on injured reserve last week, have claimed Kyle Orton off waivers on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Bears immediately announced the signing of Josh McCown to a one-year deal.

Orton was surprisingly released by the Broncos on Tuesday. According to the Denver Post, his agent David Dunn asked the Broncos for his release, after he and his client learned that Jay Cutler would be lost for more than a month with a broken right thumb. Orton made it clear that he wanted to play for the Bears. But he ultimately has no control over that, because he’s subject to the NFL’s waiver wire. A club that claims him would accept the final $2.58 million due to him this season from the Broncos.

McCown has played nine seasons in the NFL, including stops in Arizona, Detroit, Oakland and, most recently, Carolina. His most starts in a season (13) came with the Cardinals in 2004.

The Bears were one of three teams to put in a claim for Orton. The other two were the Chiefs, of course, and the Dallas Cowboys. The Bears had the 30th waiver spot, because of a 7-3 record.

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