(Reuters) ? The Kansas City Chiefs picked up former Denver quarterback Kyle Orton on Wednesday as they try to salvage their playoff hopes following the loss of starter Matt Cassel.
Orton was cut on Tuesday after the Broncos handed the reins over to fan favorite Tim Tebow, and the 29-year-old was quickly snapped up by the AFC West rival Chiefs, who announced the move on their website (kcchiefs.com).
Kansas City (4-6) lost Cassel to a season-ending hand injury on November 13 and were forced to use inexperienced backup Tyler Palko in a 34-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday.
Orton started the first five games of the season for the Broncos but was just 1-4 before being benched. He joined the Broncos from Chicago in 2009 and threw for more than 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.
The Chiefs have lost three in a row and are two games behind division leaders Oakland.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)