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Kyle Orton to visit the Cowboys

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Kyle Orton was a starter for two different teams in 2011, but as he enters free agency in 2012, his first visit will be with a team where he would only be considered as a backup.

Orton will visit the Cowboys, who are looking to sign a backup quarterback for Tony Romo, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The Cowboys’ interest in Orton is no surprise, because they put in a claim for him last year when the Broncos put him on waivers. They liked hims as a potential backup to Romo then, and they still do.

The question is whether any team is interested in Orton as a starter. If so, Orton would likely go to that city. The fact that he’s going to Dallas instead indicates that he’s resigned himself to signing with some team where he’s going to be a backup.

In seven NFL seasons, Orton has started a total of 69 games, including 33 with the Bears, 33 with the Broncos and three with the Chiefs.

UPDATE: Schefter reports that Brandon Carr will also visit the Cowboys.

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27 Responses to “Kyle Orton to visit the Cowboys”
  1. rujusten says: Mar 13, 2012 4:43 PM

    LMAO! He’ll be staring over Romo by game 6. I hate Dallas!

  2. broncobeta says: Mar 13, 2012 4:43 PM

    “In seven NFL seasons, Orton has started a total of 69 games, including 33 with the Bears, 33 with the Broncos and three with the Chiefs.”

    Bizarre figure.

  3. fissels says: Mar 13, 2012 4:44 PM

    That may be a good fit for Orton

  4. firedup1 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    He must have been told by Pioli the Cassel was going to be the starter. Dumb move.

  5. bigd88 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    Brandon Carr will be a Dallas Cowboy before he leaves the building tonight.

  6. dvdman123 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    Or maybe the Cowboys have finally realized that Romo may not be the answer at QB and they don’t want to put all of their eggs in one basket.

  7. Grulks says: Mar 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    As a Dallas fan, our backup QB’s should expect to get a few starts every year.

  8. stengy says: Mar 13, 2012 4:47 PM

    very capable backup. much better than kitna. quality signing.

    would have preferred for dallas to go after peyton and then trade romo.

  9. countsnail says: Mar 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    Probably the best option for him. With the QB talent available in free agency and the draft, he probably isn’t going to get a starting job.

  10. spellingcops says: Mar 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    Kyle Ortonary is hot garbage.

  11. trollhammer20 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    Thumbs up this comment if you hope he signs with Dallas so he doesn’t come anywhere near your team.

  12. baddegg says: Mar 13, 2012 4:48 PM

    Do they have the cap space for someone of Orton’s abilities?

    lol

  13. irishnativeson says: Mar 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    Nice work if you can get it… especially at this stage of your career.

  14. huskersrock1 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:49 PM

    Boy he would have really banked if goodell hadn’t laid down the hammer on the boys…

  15. willyalistentothis says: Mar 13, 2012 4:50 PM

    They can let Romo play the first three quarters each week, and then let Orton come into finish the game….avoid the choke.

  16. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 13, 2012 4:52 PM

    Kyle Orton is still better than Kevin Kolb…

  17. dcbuff says: Mar 13, 2012 4:54 PM

    him or henne. one of our biggest needs is a backup, you know we ganna need it considering the guard situation

  18. kozmo10 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:03 PM

    He will be an upgrade after Romo gets hurt.

  19. touchmyfootballs says: Mar 13, 2012 5:04 PM

    The Cowgirls certainly need a new QB

  20. lilrob10201 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:09 PM

    broncobeta says:
    Mar 13, 2012 4:43 PM
    β€œIn seven NFL seasons, Orton has started a total of 69 games, including 33 with the Bears, 33 with the Broncos and three with the Chiefs.”

    Bizarre figure.
    ————————————-
    69 is a magical number.

  21. jutts says: Mar 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    Orton would be a perfect fit for Dallas. I think he could really excell in a Dome.

  22. bobhk says: Mar 13, 2012 5:28 PM

    “his first visit will be with a team where he would only be considered as a backup.”

    I wouldn’t be so sure. Romo throws a few more picks and cowboys lose a few due to his boneheaded plays and we could see Orton starting and Romo on the bench.

  23. nygsbchamps4 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:38 PM

    Well well well, it looks like the cowboys are finally going to get themselves a QB, haha just kidding, or am I?

  24. thebigcaptain2011 says: Mar 13, 2012 6:16 PM

    He may actually push Romo for the starting job….

  25. wakijaki says: Mar 13, 2012 6:30 PM

    He would be a NICE sign. I don’t know if he would be the answer we need as the starter. I like Romo, I just don’t think he is ever going to take us even to an NFC Championship game.

  26. FinFan68 says: Mar 13, 2012 7:47 PM

    Henne would be a very capable back up for the cowboys. Orton would also.

  27. legends52 says: Mar 14, 2012 12:00 AM

    Kyle Orton and Shaun Hill may be among some of the best FA backup qbs in the nfl. Stephen McGee has potential, but he’s not a risk-taker and is too scared to throw more than 10 yards in chance of an interception. He can stay on the team and be mentored by Romo as a third-stringer. Brett Favre mentored Aaron Rodgers, and look who Aaron Rodgers is today! In the meantime, we need an experienced FA QB.

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