One of the long-running subplots of the Cowboys offseason has been backup quarterback Kyle Orton’s absence from team activities.
Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports that Orton didn’t end his absence for a physical on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s mandatory minicamp. Archer reports that Orton failed to show for the physical, opening the door to a $10,930 fine. Should Orton skip all of minicamp, he’d be liable for nearly $70,000 in fines altogether.
Those numbers pale in comparison to the $3 million-plus signing bonus repayment that Orton would owe the team if he decides to retire. There have been reports that retirement is Orton’s preferred option, but the Cowboys have maintained throughout the offseason that they want Orton to play. Orton would not have to repay any of the signing bonus if the Cowboys release him.
The fines would escalate if there’s no resolution and Orton fails to show for training camp. So would Brandon Weeden’s potential importance to the Cowboys season as he’d be the likeliest No. 2 to Tony Romo.