When Kyle Orton signed a three-year contract with the Cowboys, he chose not to compete for a starting job and instead to join a team that had an established starting quarterback in Tony Romo. But Orton says he’s more than just a long-term backup.
Orton, who has started 33 games for the Bears, 33 games for the Broncos and three games for the Chiefs in his NFL career, told DallasCowboys.com that he still sees himself as someone who can start in the NFL.
“I feel like I’ve played good ball in this league, I feel I’ve got a lot of good ball left in me,” Orton said. “I don’t see this as committing myself to be the backup. I’m just committing myself to be a part of the team.”
Orton was also careful to say, however, that he’s not looking to unseat Romo as the starter in Dallas.
“Tony’s the man, you know? There ain’t no doubt about it,” Orton said. “He’s played great football. He’s a great quarterback. So I’m excited. It’s really the first time I’ve been around another veteran in my career. I’ve done a lot of learning with young guys in the room. I can still learn a lot about football, and hopefully I can help him out in any way I can.”
For the 29-year-old Orton, it’s not too late to become a starter in the NFL some day. But if becoming a starter is his top priority, he’s going to have to be patient. Because right now he’s locked into the No. 2 spot on the Cowboys’ depth chart.