Joe Mahoney, Associated Press
In this Oct. 9, 2011, photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton walks off the field after the Broncos gave up the ball on downs to the San Diego Chargers during an NFL football game in Denver. The Broncos released the 29-year-old veteran quarterback Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, six weeks after benching him following a 1-4 start.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Kansas City Chiefs have claimed former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton off waivers.

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs had not announced the move. Coach Todd Haley declined to discuss Orton when asked about him earlier in the day.

Kansas City was in the market for a veteran quarterback after Matt Cassel went down with a season-ending injury to his throwing hand. Orton became available when the Broncos waived him Tuesday.

The former Chicago Bears starter, who passed for more than 3,000 yards each of his first two seasons in Denver, was benched six weeks ago after getting off to a 1-4 start. The Broncos eventually decided to go with Tim Tebow as the starter, making Orton expendable.