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Kyle Orton | Quarterback

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: Purdue
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Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.
Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer. Jul 23 - 6:33 PM

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Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Orton is expected to retire. The move is actually a favor from the Cowboys, as Orton can now keep the entirety of the $5 million signing bonus he received in March 2012. It leaves Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback, an obviously undesirable situation. Orton made one start in his two years in Dallas, nearly guiding the Cowboys to a playoff berth last Week 17. If Orton follows through on retiring, he'll be doing so at a young age for a quarterback, as his 32nd birthday isn't until November.
Jul 15 - 5:24 PM

The Cowboys expect Kyle Orton to show up at training camp.

Orton was a no-show for mandatory minicamp, resulting in over $80,000 in fines. He wants the Cowboys to release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his signing bonus, but Dallas has refused to let him out of his contract. If Orton doesn't retire, it's possible he'll end up a weekly inactive as the third quarterback. Orton can be fined $30,000 per day for skipping training camp.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 4 - 8:03 PM

Kyle Orton was a no-show for the first day of Cowboys mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

Orton faces over $80,000 in fines should he not attend the three-day work week. He clearly wants to retire, but prefers the Cowboys release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus. Brandon Weeden is expected to handle all the first-team reps while Orton skips and Tony Romo takes it easy after back-to-back offseason back surgeries.
Jun 17 - 10:01 AM

Kyle Orton was a no-show for the Cowboys' pre-minicamp physical on Monday.

Orton can be fined $10,930 for skipping the physical, and $69,455 more for missing all three days of minicamp. Orton, 31, wants to retire, and is likely hoping the Cowboys release him. Then, he wouldn't have to pay any fines.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 16 - 4:18 PM

The Cowboys are "hoping" Kyle Orton reports for next week's mandatory minicamp.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in May that Orton had informed the Cowboys he plans to retire, but either they haven't gotten the memo, or Orton is still mulling his future. Orton will be forced to pay back $3 million of his $5 million 2012 signing bonus if he decides to hang up his cleats.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jun 10 - 5:25 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys backup QB Kyle Orton has informed the team he plans to retire.

Orton may want to retire, but the real question is can he afford it. If Orton does not report, he would be forced to pay back $3 million of the $5 million signing bonus he received in 2012, as well as lose out on the $3 million salary he is scheduled for in 2014. The Cowboys view Orton as one of the top backups in the league and will do everything they can to hold onto him. Only 31 years old, the reasons for Orton's desire to hang 'em up are unclear.
May 22 - 9:07 PM

Coach Jason Garrett reiterated the Cowboys "anticipate" backup QB Kyle Orton reporting to the team.

Garrett believes this "based on conversations he has had" with Orton. Orton hasn't shown up to any of Dallas' offseason workouts, and owner Jerry Jones recently replied "I don't know" when asked about Orton's status. Orton has a huge financial incentive to report to the team eventually. If he declined, Orton would lose over $3 million in base salary, and also have to pay back the Cowboys $3 million from the three-year contract he signed in 2012.
May 18 - 4:54 PM

Kyle Orton remains absent from Cowboys' voluntary workouts.

Owner Jerry Jones replied "I don't know" when asked about Orton's status Saturday, but did say he expects him to report for next month's minicamp. Orton is apparently considering retirement, but the fact that Dallas passed on drafting a signal caller is a sign he'll return. Big D also has Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie behind Tony Romo.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 12 - 4:58 PM

Executive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to report to the Cowboys.

Orton skipped voluntary workouts last week but is expected to arrive for mandatory minicamp in June. He has plenty of reason to show up. If Orton retires, he'd owe the Cowboys $3 million. He'd also be throwing away the opportunity to earn his $3.25 million base salary. Orton should be back as Tony Romo's caddy.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 29 - 10:49 AM

Kyle Orton did not report to day one of Dallas' voluntary workouts on Monday.

Orton, entering his age-32 season, is considering retirement, even though he has arguably the best job in sports as an overpaid No. 2 quarterback. He'd be leaving $3.25 million on the table if he hangs 'em up. ESPN Dallas is already convinced Orton is done. Brandon Weeden is penciled in as Tony Romo's backup.
Apr 21 - 6:24 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer isn't convinced Kyle Orton will return this season.

The Cowboys want Orton back even after signing Brandon Weeden, but he's questionable to attend offseason workouts next week and is reportedly still considering retirement. Releasing Orton as a post-June 1 cut would allow Dallas to save $3.25 million against the 2014 cap, but Orton will cost $2.25 million against the Cowboys' 2015 cap regardless of whether he's on the roster.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 18 - 6:25 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to return.

Even after signing Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys want Orton back at his $3.25 million salary. He had previously flirted with retirement. Orton, 31, is entering the final year of his contract.
Mar 24 - 12:48 PM

The Cowboys are unsure if Kyle Orton will continue his playing career in 2014.

"No I don’t know [that he is coming back]," executive VP Stephen Jones said. "But I haven’t gone and asked him." Orton, 31, has one year left on his contract and is the only quarterback on the roster behind Tony Romo, so the Cowboys will likely need to add one or two. Orton will reportedly make a decision by March 11.
Feb 21 - 12:13 PM

Kyle Orton completed 30-of-46 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.

Making his first start since 2011, Orton was able to manage his way through the first three quarters before throwing a game-ending pick on the Cowboys' final drive. He held the Cowboys' offense back all night, struggling to get anything going with Dez Bryant and relying on check downs to Jason Witten. Orton was able to hit Bryant on a post route against single-coverage for a 32-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-nine play with 3:57 remaining, but failed to convert on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game. With the loss, the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention and will finish second in the NFC East. Orton is under contract for next season, but isn't a lock to return as Tony Romo's backup.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 11:57:00 PM

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4Dominique Davis
5David Carr
6Tim Tebow
7John Skelton
8Josh Portis
9Vince Young
10Kevin Kolb
11Pat White
12Jerrod Johnson
13Adam Weber
14John Parker Wilson
15Nick Stephens
16Tommy Rees
17Ryan Katz
18Colby Cameron
19Kyle Padron
20James Vandenberg
21Mike Hermann
22Nathan Stanley
23Dalton Williams
24Matt Brown
25Caleb TerBush
26Tim Jenkins
27Dayne Crist
28Brett Smith
29Jordan Rodgers
30Nate Enderle
31Alex Carder
32Keith Price
33Kory Faulkner
34Collin Klein
35Rusty Smith
RB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Brandon Jackson
4D.J. Ware
5Ryan Torain
6Beanie Wells
7Jamie Harper
8Chris Rainey
9Terrance Ganaway
10Zach Brown
11Isaac Redman
12Brandon Saine
13D.J. Harper
14Lance Ball
15Jordan Roberts
16Orwin Smith
17Armond Smith
18Javarris James
19Darren Evans
20Delone Carter
21Anthony Allen
22Damien Berry
23Richard Murphy
24William Powell
25Jawan Jamison
26Stefphon Jefferson
27Deonte Williams
28Bradley Randle
29Quentin Hines
30De'Leon Eskridge
GLB1Michael Turner
2Michael Bush
3Ryan Torain
4Beanie Wells
3RB1Michael Bush
2D.J. Ware
3Beanie Wells
FB1Lousaka Polite
2Vonta Leach
3Lawrence Vickers
4Le'Ron McClain
5Jacob Hester
6Chris Pressley
7Brit Miller
8Brad Smelley
9Owen Marecic
10Dorson Boyce
11Eric Kettani
12Owen Schmitt
13Quinn Johnson
14Ben Bartholomew
15Braden Wilson
16James Baker
17Ryan D'Imperio
18Devonte Campbell
19Alex Debniak
20Ryan Roberson
21Jonathan Amosa
22Rupert Bryan
23Eddie Williams
24Jon Hoese
25Ben Guidugli
26Nate Eachus
27Jourdan Brooks
28Brock Bolen
WR11Santonio Holmes
2Jabar Gaffney
3Laurent Robinson
4Titus Young
5Darius Johnson
6Kevin Hardy
7Keenan Davis
8Taulib Ikharo
9Terrence Toliver
10Greg Childs
11Richard Goodman
12Lance Lewis
13Lamont Bryant
14Devery Henderson
15Ben Obomanu
16Matt Willis
17Brett Swain
18Chaz Schilens
19Ramses Barden
20Charly Martin
21Jeremy Kelley
22Sederrick Cunningham
23Zach Rogers
24Nicholas Johnson
25Johnathan Haggerty
26Emmanuel Arceneaux
27Jordan White
28Roy Roundtree
29Robby Toma
30Carlin Isles
31Marcus Jackson
32Sam McGuffie
33Tyrone Goard
34Chip Reeves
35Terrell Sinkfield
36Jheranie Boyd
37Eric Rogers
38Rashaad Carter
39Erik Highsmith
40Demetrius Fields
41Scott Pillar
42Diondre Borel
43Chastin West
44Bert Reed
45Brandon Carswell
46Joseph Anderson
47Cole McKenzie
48Jamal Miles
49Rashad Evans
50Julius Pruitt
51Mardy Gilyard
WR21Braylon Edwards
2Davone Bess
3Kerry Meier
4Jordan Shipley
5Chad Hall
6Donald Jones
7Earl Bennett
8Mohamed Massaquoi
9Steve Breaston
10Donte' Stallworth
11Chris Givens
12Brandon Banks
13Raymond Radway
14Darius Hanks
15Aaron Mellette
16Robert Gill
17Brandon Collins
18Tray Session
19Martel Moore
20David Douglas
21Jeff Fuller
22Dominique Croom
23Kenny Shaw
24Nicholas Edwards
25Duke Calhoun
26Michael Jenkins
27David Ball
28Devin Aromashodu
29Tim Toone
30Jarett Dillard
31Terrence Austin
32Roberto Wallace
33Bobby Sewall
34Deon Butler
35Early Doucet
36Patrick Crayton
37Perez Ashford
38Alex Neutz
39Kelsey Pope
40Jordan Harris
41Jason Thompson
42Omarius Hines
43Anthony Amos
44R.J. Webb
45Andrew Helmick
46Devin Goda
47Jared Green
48Michael Calvin
49Taveon Rogers
50Rodrick Rumble
51Andrew DePaola
52Brandon Kaufman
53Jerry Johnson
WR31Jabar Gaffney
2Laurent Robinson
3Davone Bess
TE1Adam Nissley
2Danny Noble
3Randy McMichael
4Leonard Pope
5Tony Scheffler
6David Thomas
7Kevin Boss
8Aaron Hernandez
9Tommy Gallarda
10Fendi Onobun
11Billy Bajema
12Sean McGrath
13Andrew Szczerba
14Steve Watson
15Daniel Graham
16Jamie Childers
17Joe Sawyer
18Joel Dreessen
19Visanthe Shiancoe
20Matt Furstenburg
21Ben Cotton
22David Rolf
23Nelson Rosario
24Konrad Reuland
25Dominique Curry
26Hayden Smith
27Colin Cloherty
28Dan Gronkowski
29Martin Rucker
30Richard Quinn
31Nate Byham
32Dedrick Epps
33Tom Crabtree
34Brody Eldridge
35Cameron Graham
36Jamie McCoy
37Jake O'Connell
38Travis Beckum
39Evan Moore
40Alex Silvestro
41Matt Veldman
42Tim Biere
43Evan Landi
44Taylor Cook
45Travis Tannahill
46Chase Clement
47Joe Don Duncan
48Chase Dixon
49David Wright
50Isaiah Stanback
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2Garrett Hartley
3Matt Szymanski
4Brandon Bogotay
5Havard Rugland
6Austin Signor
7Morgan Lineberry
8Brett Baer
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10Jose Maltos
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12Zach Ramirez
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