Broncos cut quarterback Kyle Orton

By ARNIE STAPLETON | November 22, 2011 | 4:40 PM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos have waived quarterback Kyle Orton.

The 29-year-old seventh-year veteran from Purdue lost his starting job after going 1-4. He hasn't played since the first half against San Diego on Oct. 9. His replacement, Tim Tebow, is 4-1.

Orton decisively outplayed Tebow in training camp but faltered when the regular season started, throwing seven interceptions.

Orton will be subject to waivers. If a team claims him, it will have to pay what remains of his $9 million salary. If he's not claimed, he'll become a free agent. Several teams, including contenders Chicago and Houston, could use a veteran QB.

Orton was acquired last year in the Jay Cutler trade with the Bears and won his first six starts in Denver before going 6-21 and losing his starting job.