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Cowboys “still hopeful” that Kyle Orton will play

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Quarterback Kyle Orton has not been taking part in the Cowboys’ offseason work, but coach Jason Garrett maintains that he anticipates seeing Orton for the team’s mandatory minicamp next month.

Garrett isn’t sure whether Orton will be coming to play or just to avoid a $70,000 fine for missing the workout, though. He said “you’ll have to ask” Orton about that theory, which is tied into the notion that Orton does not want to play for the Cowboys but also does not want to retire and repay $3 million of a $5 million signing bonus that the Cowboys gave him when he signed with the team in 2012. If the Cowboys cut him, Orton would be under no such obligation but neither Garrett nor quarterback coach Wade Wilson’s comments suggested that’s imminent.

“We’re still hopeful that Kyle will be here, but if he doesn’t, we feel really good about Brandon [Weeden], especially since he’s going through our off-season program,” Wilson said, via ESPNDallas.com.

If Orton does show up to minicamp, his physical condition will likely determine where things go. If Orton isn’t staying in shape, the team will have to consider making a move to drop him from the roster and perhaps use the $3.25 million in cap savings that would bring to find other backup options. While Weeden is in the program and learning what Scott Linehan wants to do on offense this season, his performance in Cleveland shouldn’t make anyone feel too comfortable with him as the only option behind a 34-year-old coming off back surgery.

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23 Responses to “Cowboys “still hopeful” that Kyle Orton will play”
  1. tvjules says: May 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    Something smells.

  2. Waxxx4321 says: May 19, 2014 11:35 AM

    All of the dallas QB’s are just overrated and lousy.

  3. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 19, 2014 11:35 AM

    OK so Orton may not play this year and no one knows if Romo will be healed up enough from back surgery. Weeden starting to look like their best option and how scary is that?

    Manziel at 16 looking like a good pick now.

  4. steelerben says: May 19, 2014 11:46 AM

    I love the idea of the Cowboys wasting a roster spot on a backup QB who was leapfrogged on the depth chart in Denver by Tebow and that doesn’t want to play for the team, just to save what amounts to a drop in the bucket.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: May 19, 2014 11:46 AM

    REMINDER TO DALLAS FANS:

    It was alllllLLLLLlll Brandon Weeden’s fault.

    SEE: Josh Gordon SUSPENSION
    SEE: Greg Little RELEASED
    SEE: Davone Bess RELEASED
    SEE: Fozzy Whittaker RELEASED

    Signed,

    95% of Cleveland Browns fans

  6. alongthegulf says: May 19, 2014 11:49 AM

    It’s simple. Orton is nearing the end of his career. He know this is his last shot. He wants more money before riding off into the sunset.

  7. purpleguy says: May 19, 2014 11:55 AM

    Maybe he’s just waiting for his neck beard to grow out.

  8. hunst009 says: May 19, 2014 11:58 AM

    To back up the most overrated QB in the NFL? Romo is the definition of choke artist and the cowboys are a dumpster fire.

  9. ddmcd1974 says: May 19, 2014 12:03 PM

    Then why did Orton sign a 2 year deal? Is he concussed? Is he stupid? It makes no sense that he would think his time is almost up and he wants another shot at starting because he blows and no one is offering Kyle Orten a starting job. He would be lucky to find half that salary elsewhere. He just wants to collect and be cut so he can sit on his coach.

  10. ragnarthemagnificent says: May 19, 2014 12:08 PM

    Orton would rather sit on his couch than get paid 3 mill to sit on the bench for the Cowboys!!! They must be a mess.

  11. shayeezy says: May 19, 2014 12:08 PM

    one of the biggest bums and underachievers in the league. his contract is a few million more per year than it should be, and not even that is enough to motivate him to practice and hold a clipboard for another year.

  12. fordmandalay says: May 19, 2014 12:13 PM

    POPCORN! GET YER POPCORN HERE! YOU CAN’T WATCH THE COWBOYS IMPLODE WITHOUT YER POPCORN!!

  13. realmenwearstripes says: May 19, 2014 12:17 PM

    How bad is your situation when you are “hopeful” that Kyle Orton will play quarterback for your team?

  14. dalfanforever says: May 19, 2014 12:20 PM

    Face it. He doesn’t want to be there. He knows he’s not going to start AND he knows he’s not good enough to start anywhere else or he’d be there.

    This isn’t an implosion that haters think it is. This a guy who simply doesn’t want to put in the work anymore. In my book, that’s quitting.

  15. saints4evah says: May 19, 2014 12:25 PM

    He wants time off to write a book about his last pass as a Cowboy, called “Orton Hears A Boo.”

  16. geefan1 says: May 19, 2014 12:28 PM

    tvjules says:May 19, 2014 11:29 AM

    Something smells.

    ——–

    That would be Weeden –in fact, he STINKS

  17. abninf says: May 19, 2014 12:43 PM

    Waxxx4321 says:

    All of the dallas QB’s are just overrated and lousy
    ====================================

    Must be why they were one game away from winning the division with one of the worst defenses in NFL history.

  18. vicnocal says: May 19, 2014 12:50 PM

    As a Bears fan…I always loved Kyle Orton.

    What can I say.

  19. 1harrypairatesties says: May 19, 2014 12:55 PM

    Kyle Orton: Beer in his Gatorade bottle.

    Tony Romo: No Tony, your WR’s are the ones with the star on their helmet.

    Jerry Jones: Put the fans out of their misery & just SELL THE TEAM ALREADY!

  20. Waxxx4321 says: May 19, 2014 12:58 PM

    abinf says ” Must be why they were one game away from winning the division with one of the worst defenses in NFL history.”

    Lmaooooooo! hahaha. You gotta better chance of getting SARS then you do winning the division! Truth!

  21. seabreezes51 says: May 19, 2014 1:28 PM

    I think the ‘boys looked at Indy and Luck and have their eyes on Mariota for the ’15 draft.
    Not to say they would purposely set themselves up to tank this season….but really, would anyone be shocked?

  22. wnstonchill says: May 19, 2014 1:41 PM

    Kyle, you got a $5 million dollar signing bonus! Suck it up and finish out your contract! So what if you’re a back-up, you still get paid! If you wanted to be a starter somewhere, why did you pick Dallas in the first place??

  23. mtntexas says: May 19, 2014 5:13 PM

    Romo takes a hit and can’t get up.
    Orton didn’t show up and won’t report.
    Weeden throws 5x more INTs than TDs.
    So Garrett suits up and takes the field.
    Jones takes over as head coach / play caller.
    AT&T Stadium (JerryWorld) implodes.

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