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Orton has three million reasons to not retire

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Amid rumors he’ll retire, quarterback Kyle Orton has yet to show up for offseason workouts in Dallas.  As Stephen Jones said Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Ft. Worth, the Cowboys expect him to eventually arrive.

And for good reason.  More accurately, for a good three million reasons.

Orton’s five-year deal, signed in 2012, contained a $5 million signing bonus.  With two years down and three to go, Orton would have to pay back $3 million if he retires.

He’d also be missing out on $3.25 million in 2014 salary, if he walks away.

It’s unclear why Orton has stayed away.  He could be miffed at the decision to sign Brandon Weeden, who could eventually supplant Orton as the primary backup to Tony Romo.  Or maybe Orton wants a raise.  Or maybe he’s hoping that, if the Cowboys are going to cut Orton sooner or later, they’ll do it sooner rather than later.

Either way, Orton would have to write a big check to Jerry Jones if Orton decides to walk away.  Which means Orton surely won’t.

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36 Responses to “Orton has three million reasons to not retire”
  1. stoutfiles says: Apr 29, 2014 10:31 AM

    The workouts are optional. Optional. He’s the backup quarterback, possibly even 3rd string. He’ll show up when he has to and hold a clipboard for lots of money, but he’s not going to bust his ass when he’s not obligated to.

  2. bennyb82 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:35 AM

    Careful…remember what happened to TO’s publicist when she said he had a certain number of million reasons to be happy/live?

  3. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Apr 29, 2014 10:36 AM

    He shouldn’t be allowed to wear that #18.

    Doesn’t he know Bernie Kosar got a Super Bowl ring wearing that jersey?

  4. fin72 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    Orton has three million reasons to not retire

    And T.O. has (had) 25 million reasons to live.

  5. jjackwagon says: Apr 29, 2014 10:40 AM

    He has been around the league for a long time. Do you think that coming in early for “optional” off-season workouts is going to help him? He is what he is at this point and there is no good reason for him to report yet. Besides it gives the talking heads something to talk about.

  6. Waxxx4321 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:40 AM

    Jerry sure picks some limited QB’s for the cowboys roster. America’s lousiest team.

  7. tvjules says: Apr 29, 2014 10:44 AM

    I’d take one tenth of that money to show up for an optional workout and hold a clipboard for 5 months!
    Check that — since Dallas never makes the playoffs… 4 months.

  8. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 29, 2014 10:48 AM

    I’ve read that missing the workouts will cost Orton $75,000 in salary so the question remains why wouldn’t he show up? I’m starting to doubt Orton will be with Dallas next season.

  9. jimmyt says: Apr 29, 2014 10:49 AM

    Who knew he was still in the league?

  10. chaseutley says: Apr 29, 2014 10:51 AM

    A perfectly-groomed neck beard doesn’t come cheap. Make the right call, Kyle.

  11. andrewluck12 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:51 AM

    Man you’re really hoping he shows up aren’t you?

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 29, 2014 10:53 AM

    Someone should remind Orton that he’s just Kyle Orton, not Roger Staubach.

  13. cavemanmoneycom says: Apr 29, 2014 10:55 AM

    Short memory in the NFL world.

    My best guess is that his struggle with whether or not to play this season has a lot of basis on his performance in the Week 17 game… the first and last game he has started for Dallas. Had a decent game, but threw the game-and-playoff-killing interception in the 4th quarter.

    To be honest, though, he’s got nothing to be ashamed about. For a guy dusting off the rust of a couple years of inactivity, he had a good game. And Romo has thrown the game-losing interception more than a handful of times.

  14. footballfan211 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:57 AM

    Boiler up!

  15. wayneflores says: Apr 29, 2014 10:57 AM

    Show up and appreciate being in the NIL, or go get a real job like the rest of us, that can’t find a job, had our Unemployment cancelled etc… I would trade places in a second.

  16. wayneflores says: Apr 29, 2014 10:59 AM

    Rest of NFL opps

  17. 6ball says: Apr 29, 2014 11:01 AM


    Nothing inspires more team confidence than a QB afraid of losing his job to Brandon Weeden.


  18. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 29, 2014 11:04 AM

    Romo Weeden Orton. Lots of gray hair in that quarterback room.

  19. lscratchingthesurface says: Apr 29, 2014 11:10 AM

    Doubt Orton thinks Weedon will take his job. I mean, we’re talking about Brandon Weedon. Orton is 3x’s the QB.

  20. alewatcher says: Apr 29, 2014 11:22 AM

    My best guess is that his struggle with whether or not to play this season has a lot of basis on his performance in the Week 17 game… the first and last game he has started for Dallas. Had a decent game, but threw the game-and-playoff-killing interception in the 4th quarter.


    Which means he played as well as Romo usually does.

  21. tformation says: Apr 29, 2014 11:30 AM

    Just looked it up. Weeden is only 11 months younger than Orton.

    Kyle’s shown consistently strong character throughout his career in Chicago, Denver and now Dallas. He’ll be there for mandatory events. Cut the veteran some slack here.

  22. chris1cat says: Apr 29, 2014 11:43 AM

    EZ $

  23. cliverush says: Apr 29, 2014 11:45 AM

    This is not a good sign for the coach if a veteran player in his position is not on board. Back up QB with no expectations of starting,for an NFL team like the “Boys is a dream for many over the hill, beat up QB’s.

  24. fordmandalay says: Apr 29, 2014 11:59 AM

    If this continues, the Cows standard 8-8 season may be in jeopardy!

  25. papacrick says: Apr 29, 2014 12:03 PM

    It’s good to know your back up doesn’t really wanna play and is only showing up to not pay back a huge signing bonus. I’m sure he’ll perform well if called into action

  26. azwildcats96 says: Apr 29, 2014 12:08 PM

    Orton is arguably better than Romo and I can think of several teams where he would be an upgrade at QB.

  27. eagleswin says: Apr 29, 2014 12:23 PM

    sounds like he has $6.25 million reasons not to retire.

  28. denver1983 says: Apr 29, 2014 12:35 PM

    Best backup in the NFL. He should be a starter somewhere. Plenty of teams who could use him.

  29. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Apr 29, 2014 1:04 PM

    the system isn’t changing. the coaches are the same. this round of voluntary workouts is for conditioning.

    while gm jerry might want orton to free him from the dubious deal gm jerry was so proud to have made before the eagles game, he probably won’t get his wish….

  30. willjasper says: Apr 29, 2014 1:27 PM

    Dallas will end up cutting Orton if he shows up. They’re too tight against the salary cap to pay a backup $3.25 million this season.

  31. bronco1st says: Apr 29, 2014 1:35 PM

    Orton is the biggest crybaby pouter in the league… ummm, make that “biggest BACKUP crybaby pouter in the league”.

  32. snowdood163 says: Apr 29, 2014 1:53 PM

    His heart has been missing for way longer than that.

  33. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Apr 29, 2014 2:18 PM

    As a cowboys fan, I can say that he ain’t the only one miffed about the Weeden signing. I honestly have lost understanding of most of the moves of this front office as it pertains to personnel decisions.

  34. Ferdinand says: Apr 29, 2014 8:30 PM

    Why would he retire? There are still a few teams he has been signed to yet.

  35. mtntexas says: Apr 30, 2014 12:20 AM

    What DO voluntary mean?

  36. denverdude7 says: Apr 30, 2014 4:07 PM

    Orton will be 3rd string behind Romo with Weeden starting.

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