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Report: Kyle Orton skips physical

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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.

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37 Responses to “Report: Kyle Orton skips physical”
  1. soulmancer says: Jun 16, 2014 5:31 PM

    It sounds like Kyle Orton has a hard time making up his mind. Personally, I wouldn’t have such a hard time if I was contracted to make seven-figures to not play, but then again, I’ve never been in that position.

  2. dalfanforever says: Jun 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    He’s not coming back. Please send $2M back in a self addressed stamped envelope to Jerrah Jones.

  3. dabears2485 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    They’re giving a lot of slack to a backup QB. I’d bet he’s hoping to be cut.

  4. beavertonsteve says: Jun 16, 2014 5:33 PM

    I’m wondering how many consecutive minicamp interceptions it would take to force the Cowboys to release him.

  5. soulmancer says: Jun 16, 2014 5:34 PM

    If he doesn’t care about playing, he’s impeding the progress of a few other quarterbacks who would love the opportunity to be the backup QB for the Dallas Cowboys.

  6. robert831 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:36 PM

    Orton is playing chicken, hoping Dallas cuts him so he can walk off into the sunset with the $3million.

  7. briscocountyjr says: Jun 16, 2014 5:37 PM

    He looked at last season, then their offseason moves and went absolutely limp.

  8. niners816 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:41 PM

    I don’t like the Cowboys, but if they need someone to hold a clipboard and occasionally throw interceptions for $3 million, I’m your man!

  9. brownsclown says: Jun 16, 2014 5:49 PM

    Not even Dallas deserves WE DONE as a quarterback. Hopefully Jerrah can find a few $$ to entice Orton to stay.

  10. bassplucker says: Jun 16, 2014 5:51 PM

    Orton has never been a guy who strikes me as having a real passion for the game. But he also doesn’t seem like a guy who will scratch and claw for every dollar he can get.

    In other words, if he’s tired of the Cowboys it wouldn’t surprise me if he just walks away at this point… even if it means leaving money on the table.

  11. kicksave1980 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:57 PM

    I’m sure Orton has his reasons, but regardless of how much money you have made over the course of a career, it’s hard to imagine being ok with leaving that type of money on the table. QB’s don’t get hit in practice, and he’s not going to be playing unless something goes wrong. I’m sure there’s more to it, but it’s essentially getting paid a bunch of money to memorize a playbook and show up.

  12. purpleguy says: Jun 16, 2014 6:14 PM

    Look, I’m no Cowboy fan, but can it really be so bad being a back-up QB earning a few million dollars a year for that team? What the hell else is he gonna do — grow his neck beard?

  13. sandersmarcus10 says: Jun 16, 2014 6:33 PM

    Get your money back and move on, I wouldnt want a guy that doesnt want to compete with Weeden for the back up. Given up $3M to back up Romo lol only rich folks do dumb ish like that!

  14. drfeelyouup says: Jun 16, 2014 6:35 PM

    I wouldn’t want to play for the Cowboys either.

  15. JackedUpSports says: Jun 16, 2014 7:03 PM

    he could start on a few other teams right now…houston and tampa bay come to mind

  16. abninf says: Jun 16, 2014 7:04 PM

    In Dallas, the lights are a little brighter, the pressure is a little higher than anywhere else. That’s the way it is for America’s Team. The most popular professional sports team in the world. Some players just aren’t able do deal with all the attention and expectations.

  17. nnagi says: Jun 16, 2014 7:16 PM

    Stop with the games, jerry just needs to man up and give Orton the ultimatum, pay back the $3M and you can retire

  18. denver1983 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:19 PM

    Trade orton to a team who needs a starting QB.
    Hes already better than a lot of starters out there

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 16, 2014 7:26 PM

    It should be pretty clear now that Orton doesn’t want to play in Dallas. But if he is retiring, then why hasn’t he officially announced it already? Just not making much sense.

  20. rolltide510 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    The Kyle Orton holdout: the least leverage in the history of contracts.

  21. snowdood163 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:32 PM

    It’s good that he missed his physical. Otherwise they would have found he has no heart.

  22. fordmandalay says: Jun 16, 2014 7:34 PM

    I don’t blame Orton for being desperate to get out of Dallas, the last place on Earth I’d want to live in is Texas too.

  23. iamdinguskhan says: Jun 16, 2014 7:35 PM

    Tired of hearing of this guy. You are not moving him from his couch, bag of chips, beer and remote control. Let him begin his new career as a couch potatoe in peace. Please Dallas cut the guy so they will stop writing about him!

  24. robmix8 says: Jun 16, 2014 7:46 PM

    I guess tebow was the better qb after all

  25. darkneptune73 says: Jun 16, 2014 8:26 PM

    Never liked Kyle Orton

  26. jaguar0413 says: Jun 16, 2014 9:01 PM

    The scary thing for Cowboys fans is that their backup option now looks to be a third year player who’s only one year younger than Orton.

  27. bostonfrogs says: Jun 16, 2014 9:07 PM

    You can’t blame Orton for skipping a physical, ’cause physically, he ain’t that good. He’s probably embarrassed about having the doc see that wet noodle arm of his.

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 16, 2014 9:20 PM

    Kyle assured the team that he was just as soft, pudgy, and pasty looking as ever. No need to worry.

  29. Wineshard says: Jun 16, 2014 9:23 PM

    Oh wait I thought it said Skips at Physical. I can just picture him and Romo doing double-dutch with Jason Garrett.

  30. jgintx says: Jun 16, 2014 9:37 PM

    I don’t understand NFL contracts… if he is forced to come back and then plays poorly, and the Cowboys cut him …. would he then be able to keep all of the bonus? If that is true, then why all the dancing around and holding out?

  31. russrpm says: Jun 16, 2014 11:39 PM

    The Cowboys just got burned by Jay Ratliff, who was able to force himself off the team, AND kept his money. No way the Jones’ will let that happen again. Orton can quit if he wants to, but he will have to write a big check on his way out of town.

  32. 1oldpro says: Jun 17, 2014 12:50 AM

    Kyle and Andre sittin’ on the porch in Texas, playin’ dominoes and sippin’ mint julips.

  33. mungman69 says: Jun 17, 2014 1:43 AM

    Pay me dat money!

  34. trollaikman8 says: Jun 17, 2014 3:12 AM

    That contract guy in Dallas sure knows what he’s doing.

    -sincerely,
    D.Ware,
    J.Ratliff,
    M.Austin,
    D.Free,
    R.Williams (2x),
    T.Romo,
    M.Barber,
    A.Gurode,


  35. hudgeliberal says: Jun 17, 2014 3:38 AM

    Yeah,we will be fine with Weeden as backup and maybe he can learn a few things and be a starter again one day. You could do much worse than Weeden as a number 2.

  36. denverdude7 says: Jun 17, 2014 7:36 AM

    Orton is the only smart one on the entire team.

    Tell Jerry to stick his $3 million where the sun don’t shine Kyle !!!!!!!

  37. simonator917 says: Jun 17, 2014 10:37 PM

    In Dallas, the lights are a little brighter, the pressure is a little higher . . .
    ==========
    This isn’t Jerry’s doing. The Cowboys were already popular. He’s just along for the ride.

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