As quarterback Kyle Orton missed workouts this offseason, coach Jason Garrett has maintained that he expected the veteran to report for the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp.
The reports from Orton’s side were just as consistent about Orton wanting to retire, which means he would not be present this week. Garrett’s expectations lost out to Orton’s resolve on Tuesday.
The Cowboys website confirms that Orton did not report for work as his teammates started minicamp one day after skipping his physical. Orton stands to lose nearly $70,000 in fines as a result of skipping minicamp and he would have to repay more than $3 million from his signing bonus if he does decide to retire rather than play for the Cowboys this season.
The next date to watch with Orton is the start of training camp. If the Cowboys haven’t worked something out with him by then, it would seem highly unlikely that he’ll be backing up Tony Romo this season.