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Kyle Orton misses beginning of offseason workouts

Kyle Orton, Jason Garrett AP

The Cowboys’ offseason workout program commenced Monday, but the top backup to Tony Romo was not present.

Kyle Orton, who has reportedly contemplated not playing in 2014, did not attend the first day of Dallas’ voluntary offseason work, Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday.

According to Williams, the Cowboys are “hopeful” the 31-year-old Orton will play in 2014. The club expressed similar sentiments earlier in the offseason.

The Cowboys acquired Brandon Weeden from Cleveland in March, giving them some veteran QB depth if Orton, a ninth-year pro, decides to step away from the game.

With Romo ailing because of a back injury that required surgery, Orton started the 2013 season finale for Dallas, completing 30-of-46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He has started 70 regular season games since entering the NFL with Chicago in 2005.

Orton is slated to make $3.5 million in salary in 2014, according to NFLPA data. According to Williams, were Orton to retire, he would have to give back $3 million of a $5 million signing bonus he received upon joining Dallas in 2012.

Previously, Orton played for the Bears, (2005-2008), Broncos (2009-2011) and Chiefs (2011).

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19 Responses to “Kyle Orton misses beginning of offseason workouts”
  1. sc711 says: Apr 21, 2014 9:41 PM

    Drunk and whiny, get him in rehab.

  2. trbowman says: Apr 21, 2014 9:46 PM

    Guy’s always been a bum.

  3. fordmandalay says: Apr 21, 2014 9:53 PM

    Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys starting QB this season…. oh that is gonna be sweet….

  4. dbones750 says: Apr 21, 2014 10:06 PM

    Orton was jobbed in Denver.

  5. 1harrypairatesties says: Apr 21, 2014 10:06 PM

    Orton sucks and Romo is even worse. Cowboys are in trouble. Two crippled QB’s = another waisted season for the fans. Wake up Jerry & find a way to get a real quarterback.

  6. bostonfrogs says: Apr 21, 2014 10:10 PM

    What will the Cowboys do without his steady 150 yards, 1 TD/1 INT/1 bad pornstache production each week?

  7. andrewluck12 says: Apr 21, 2014 10:16 PM

    Oh the offseason…. Kyle Orton’s name should never come up in a headline like this lol

  8. hugeredskinsfan says: Apr 21, 2014 10:19 PM

    3.5 mil for this year AND give back another 3 mil? I think he’ll show up.

  9. zrb17 says: Apr 21, 2014 10:21 PM

    McCarron !

  10. tccoats says: Apr 21, 2014 10:56 PM

    he’s not about to forgo $3.5 mil in salary AND give back $3 mil signing bonus….not to mention these are VOLUNTARY….nothing to see here, move along

  11. docboss says: Apr 21, 2014 11:03 PM

    Would the Rams trade a 7th for him, release Bradford, save 11 million, and still finish 8-8? I’m just say’n.

  12. rajbais says: Apr 21, 2014 11:33 PM

    Trade or release him.

    He doesn’t want to be there and teams need QB depth.

    He may have caused the cowboys to go 8-8, he’s not a bad stop gap QB for a team that needs points.

    He was 9-6 in 2008, 8-7 in 2009, and 2-1 in Kansas City in 2011.

    Some of his biggest passing flaws have been a lack of ability to get a higher completion percentage and occasional costly turnovers.

  13. vtown77 says: Apr 22, 2014 12:49 AM

    He is better than Romo

  14. spytdi says: Apr 22, 2014 12:50 AM

    Draft day trade. 5 rounder.

  15. culturalelitist says: Apr 22, 2014 1:06 AM

    The fact that this guy is still in the NFL, and that his name ever comes up in the news tells me that he has a really good agent.

    To borrow a line from theatre critic John Simon: Difficult as it is to define charisma, I can define its opposite in two words: Kyle Orton.

  16. softhelmet says: Apr 22, 2014 2:38 AM

    You know life is good as a backup when you can afford to walk away from $3.5 Mil! I guess he saved his $$$, good on him…

  17. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 22, 2014 7:30 AM

    Let’s see, carry a clip board around on the sideline and you can keep the $3M? That should be a pretty easy decision.

  18. titaniksigh says: Apr 22, 2014 9:50 AM

    Hmmm. A $6.5m turnaround. That’d be a no-brainer for me.

  19. grruffgrruff says: Apr 22, 2014 10:49 AM

    Looks like the GM will be trading up their first round 16th pick.

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