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Kyle Orton | Quarterback

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/14/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 228
College: Purdue
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A league source tells Profootballtalk.com that coach Doug Marrone's frustration with the Bills' front office stems from their decision to sign Kyle Orton.
Marrone believes the Orton signing, so close to the season, may "shake E.J. Manuel's already fragile confidence." Marrone's feelings are not without merit, but the front office is trying to maintain job security, and clearly feels Orton was a superior backup option to Jeff Tuel. Although the up-top friction with the Bills can't possibly bode well, Manuel remains their biggest problem. Sep 5 - 3:40 PM

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Kyle Orton's deal with the Bills is for two years and $11 million.

It includes a $3 million signing bonus, while the second year is voidable. It's a huge chunk of change for a "backup," one that suggests the Bills fully expect Orton to make starts this season. E.J. Manuel is going to have to show something in September to keep his starting gig. If/when Orton takes over, he'll be asked to manage games as the Bills employ one of the league's run-heaviest offenses.
Sep 2 - 4:15 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports new Bills QB Kyle Orton will make $5 million this season.

As ex-Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling points out, that's as much as Josh McCown is making for the Bucs. The Bills have clearly lost faith in E.J. Manuel, and appear ready to turn to Orton at a moment's notice. Manuel will keep his job to begin the season as Orton gets up to speed on the playbook, but has no room for error. With the Bills hoping to field one of the league's run-heaviest offenses, Orton will be a bottom-barrel QB2 if/when he gets the call to replace Manuel.
Aug 30 - 7:27 PM

Bills signed QB Kyle Orton to a one-year contract.

Orton, 31, made one start for the Cowboys last season in an NFC East win-or-go-home tilt with the Eagles. He scattered check down after check down amongst 46 pass attempts, completing 30 for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Orton was on the verge of retirement before the Bills lured him back into the league, but it's fair to wonder if he eventually becomes a better option than E.J. Manuel. For now, Orton will push Jeff Tuel for the backup job.
Aug 29 - 10:22 PM

The Chicago Tribune expects free agent QB Kyle Orton to retire.

Reports have been back-and-forth on Orton, and he's probably not worth the air time he's getting. Bears beat writer Brad Biggs would expect multiple teams to be interested in Orton. If he plays, he'll likely wait until the season.
Aug 4 - 6:15 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Kyle Orton
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
WR21Robert Woods
2Mike Williams
3Marcus Easley
WR31Mike Williams
TE1Scott Chandler
2Lee Smith
3Chris Gragg
K1Dan Carpenter