Dez Bryant thinks Brandon Weeden is doing a great job at quarterback for the Cowboys this spring, but the team would still like to get Kyle Orton back into the fold to give them options in the event Tony Romo goes down at some point in the 2014 season.
While Orton has reportedly told the team that he wants to retire, he hasn’t said it directly to coach Jason Garrett. Garrett said Thursday that he hasn’t spoken to the quarterback, who shares the same agent, about his plans for next week’s mandatory minicamp or the season in general, but has been trying to make a connection.
“I haven’t spoken with him directly,” Garrett said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I’m trying to get with him. He’s trying to get with me. And hopefully we have a good conversation.”
Orton’s possible retirement plans are complicated by the need to pay back $3 million of his signing bonus to the Cowboys. He also has a $3.25 million salary for the 2014 season, which makes for a pair of good financial reasons to put off retirement a little longer.