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Jerry Jones: Kyle Orton doesn’t intend to retire


When the Cowboys released quarterback Kyle Orton in July, it was widely believed Orton was weighing stepping away from the game for good.

Well, not so fast.

On Wednesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indicated Orton still has designs on playing in 2014, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, Orton won’t be playing for Dallas, which will move on with Brandon Weeden, Caleb Hanie and Dustin Vaughan as Tony Romo’s backups.

According to the Star-Telegram, Jones said the release of Orton was financially motivated, with the club now able to use some of the savings from Orton’s departure to address other areas, including potential contract extensions for wide receiver Dez Bryant and left tackle Tyron Smith.

By releasing Orton, the Cowboys got out from under his $3.25 million salary in 2014, but he gets to keep his signing bonus from Dallas.

Weeden, one of the Browns’ first-round picks just two years ago, got something of a vote of confidence from Jones on Wednesday, with the club’s owner saying his play helped the Cowboys feel comfortable parting ways with Orton, according to Nick Eatman of

If Orton indeed wants to play this season, he would rank as one of the top unsigned reserve quarterbacks on the market. A injury to a club’s starter could be a catalyst for interest in the 31-year-old Orton, who’s appeared in 75 regular season games.

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62 Responses to “Jerry Jones: Kyle Orton doesn’t intend to retire”
  1. crippled4life says: Jul 23, 2014 7:49 PM

    Good luck Jerry if Romo gets hurt. Dez will be pissing and moaning on the sideline every game.

  2. Marv says: Jul 23, 2014 7:52 PM

    Instant starter for the Texans.

  3. snowdood163 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:52 PM

    Kyle Orton is a heartless loser that only shows up to a football field to collect a paycheck. No desire to win whatsoever. Just fade into oblivion neck beard.

  4. ariani1985 says: Jul 23, 2014 7:53 PM

    Come join the circus in green Bay!

  5. lightcleric says: Jul 23, 2014 7:58 PM

    Wow, Caleb Hanie? What, could they not trade a 7th-rounder in 2025 for Curtis Painter?

  6. notthetroll says: Jul 23, 2014 7:58 PM

    They should have played hardball and fined him for several weeks. Then if that injury did happen wait until someone else was signed by that team to fill their void. Then cut him.

  7. dallasdominates says: Jul 23, 2014 8:06 PM

    OlĂ© Kyle thought he could fleece the Cowboys in getting some more money… Give props to the front office for picking up on his scam and having a contingency plan in place to move on from him.

  8. coltzfan166 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:06 PM

    I couldn’t understand why he signed a 3-year deal with Dallas on the first place. My guess is that he was miserable there and failed on his only chance to play over the last two years (Week 17 vs. Eagles).

    He probably regrets signing with Dallas and wants a chance to start elsewhere. Could probably start for the Texans right now.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 23, 2014 8:07 PM

    It was clear to most of us that Orton just didn’t want to play in Dallas for whatever reason. Since he never announced his retirement, we figured he wasn’t.

    There are several NFL teams that have current starters who aren’t as good as Orton. And I’m not even counting Dallas.

  10. don2074978 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:09 PM

    The smart move would be stay in shape and be ready in November for a playoff bound team

  11. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:10 PM

    Yeah, he just wanted to leave the Allas Cowboys… no D on that team.
    8-8 streak finally broken this year…only to go even worse lol

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Jul 23, 2014 8:10 PM

    Jones should punish Orton by trading him to the Raiders. Oakland would probably make a Carson Palmer like deal to get him.

  13. jaxairsupport says: Jul 23, 2014 8:10 PM

    He’s not much better than Weeden. Wasn’t Weeden at Ok State when Bryant was catching passes? I doubt he will be crying about him. Maybe they are besties?

  14. officialgame says: Jul 23, 2014 8:11 PM

    I thought Orton just stopped showing up to OTA’s in Dallas?

  15. rextraordinaire says: Jul 23, 2014 8:12 PM

    Remember that one team that traded you away back in 2009? Well, you could always return there and back up the dude that you were traded away for.

    Seriously. Jay Cutler has a tendency to get hurt. His backups?

    Jordan Palmer, who has made 15 pass attempts in his career, and his greatest career achievement is losing to Chad Henne in a battle to back up Blaine Gabbert

    Jimmy Clausen, who played a major role in the Panthers having the #1 pick in 2011. He had 9 interceptions and fumbles (9 each, not overall) in 13 games.

    So yeah, Chicago. Whenever you’re ready.

  16. hellno187 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:22 PM

    Good luck whoever signs Orton because at this point I would hire Matt Leinart or Jamarcus Russell over Orton.

  17. howleyesque says: Jul 23, 2014 8:23 PM

    Who knows maybe the Bucs or Jags a desperate enough to want him as a starter.

  18. maestro1899 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:26 PM

    Yup…I think Houston would be interested.

    Orton’s best seasons were with McDaniels. Bill O’Brien runs a similar system. It makes sense to bring him in to compete with Fitzpatrick.

  19. johnnyjagfan says: Jul 23, 2014 8:29 PM

    Chicago, Chicago! You can go home again! Ask LeBron.

  20. htown995 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:30 PM

    Vikings need him bad over bustwater

  21. eaglesnoles05 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:33 PM

    When jerry started being “comfortable enough” with QB’s play in shorts throwing to stud wrs is when they started losing.

  22. babygaga19 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:35 PM

    Wow! JJ just cant stay out of the spotlight?

  23. whatjusthapped says: Jul 23, 2014 8:48 PM

    As bad as Orton is, he would still be the best in Viking camp.

  24. kj777 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:48 PM

    Wait a minute, was he benched in favor of Tebow?

  25. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Jul 23, 2014 9:00 PM

    He’s better than anyone the bills have trotted out since 1965 lolol.

  26. usdcoyotesfan says: Jul 23, 2014 9:00 PM

    I loved it in week 17 when Orton threw the game-ending interception against the Eagles, and the Cowboys’ owner turned around and yelled at his GM and president.

  27. iamdinguskhan says: Jul 23, 2014 9:11 PM

    Orton has found a profitable new career selling his neck beard hair to hair stylist to use for hair weaves.

  28. philsimmsisadouche says: Jul 23, 2014 9:12 PM

    Is this a joke? The guy skips all team workouts, including mini camp (costing himself $70K) and even no-shows his physical, all while the Cowboys are telling anyone who’ll listen that they expect him to report because he actually intended playing for them and his release was all Jerry’s choice and was completely financially motivated. What a load of BS!!!! If anyone actually believes this, you deserve to have Jerry as the owner of your favorite team.

  29. slippery1 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:15 PM

    If Orton truly has eyes to play again, I don’t see it happening in Chicago. The Bears have a completely different coaching regime since he was there last and they may not be even willing to take a look at him. But, if a reunion is on the horizon, could it be with Lovie in Tampa?

  30. kokomike says: Jul 23, 2014 9:21 PM

    Jerry Jones wanted Orton to say he would retire, so Orton would pay money back to Jones. Jones lost. That is all.

  31. gammynomnom says: Jul 23, 2014 9:36 PM

    Top 5 teams Orto would start for right now

    1. Atlanta
    2. San Fransisco
    3. Washington
    4. New York Giants
    5 Minnesota

  32. ugadogs21 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:37 PM

    Romo, Orthon, Staubach…Hell they could sign Marvin Gaye and no one would know the difference.

  33. bobnelsonjr says: Jul 23, 2014 9:41 PM

    Let’s see as a starter.:

    Tampa Bay

    As a back up:

    Probably a half dozen more franchises.

    There are a lot of crappy QB’s hanging around the NFL.

  34. silverandblack052099 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:42 PM

    I’ll take a handful of Doritos over an entire bag of Ruffles any day!

  35. nostalgicsound says: Jul 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    Neck beard should easily find a spot as a solid number two backup to some young rook. Buffalo or vikings perhaps?

  36. scamuel says: Jul 23, 2014 10:01 PM

    Jerry Jones is already pissing and moaning on here just like he always does 24/7, and it will continue during the coming season as the Cowboys continue to lose and lose and lose some more with Moron Romo!

  37. dalcow4 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:05 PM

    Kind of a good move by Jerry. Romo is almost certain to be hurt and if he does they will lose enough to get a Top 5 pick and finally be able to fire Garrett.

  38. brownsclown says: Jul 23, 2014 10:16 PM

    Here’s the stretch, the windup, and the sack of WE DONE!
    What a surprise when Romo gets hurt and WE DONE leads the ‘Boys to a 2-14 Record!

  39. wnadler says: Jul 23, 2014 10:18 PM

    It was the right move they should have done it sooner is all. I think they waited to see what Weeden was 1st. Weeden will do well for them. Orton is no big loss IMO.

  40. thefiesty1 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:20 PM

    Wasn’t he traded to Chigago from Denver after getting beat out by Tebow? That tells you something. Way to go Cowbabies. Now they are stuck with Clevelands rejects as a back up to aging and injury prone Romo. Another 8-8 season at a theater new you.

  41. thetooloftools says: Jul 23, 2014 10:24 PM

    Orton really played this right. I commend him.

  42. mn1288 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:34 PM

    Minnesota needs a 4th to round out the best in the league.

  43. 88xfactor says: Jul 23, 2014 10:54 PM

    This guy was the highest paid backup in the NFL. If you thought you were a starting QB, you should have never came to Dallas. Because you beating out Romo, Man Please!!!

  44. locator08 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:55 PM

    u DO NOT want Weeden backing up Romo..TRUST ME..

    Browns fan

  45. bronco1st says: Jul 23, 2014 11:03 PM

    Oroten has been a PITA for every team he’s played for. Any team that would sign him is throwing in the towel.

  46. berrianthehatchet says: Jul 23, 2014 11:08 PM

    So, Orton got what he wanted. To be cut and not have to pay back his signing bonus. So…. I would say he got exactly what he wanted contrary to what people are thinking happened here.

  47. csbanter says: Jul 23, 2014 11:21 PM

    You can make the argument Orton is better than Alex Smith. St.Louis should be dialing his number now.

  48. dickshotdogs says: Jul 23, 2014 11:44 PM

    I’m almost ready to believe that Dallas will make a trade for Ryan Mallett. You know, with Jones’ Arkansas ties. It kinda feels logical.

  49. aug99 says: Jul 23, 2014 11:48 PM

    As long as jones keeps running that team,

    Time and time again, jones proves he knows nothing about football.
    But he is jones golden boy, so he will stay, and the Cowboys will lose again.

  50. herrcules13 says: Jul 24, 2014 12:14 AM

    I can see it now…Orton sits on the couch…Romo gets injured in week 16…Cowboys are 8-7, playing for the division (yeah, RIGHT! That’s NEVER gonna happen!)…hey, Orton knows our system, let’s bring him in!…down by 6 with 1:42 remaining…

    Crap! History is repeated!

    I’m a Cowboys fan, and I hate my life right now…


  51. jimthebuilder27 says: Jul 24, 2014 1:17 AM

    He’s still better than any QB on the pathetic Vikings!

  52. dcstinks says: Jul 24, 2014 6:58 AM

    And the Circus Continues!

    Long Live Jerry!

    -Eagles Fans Everywhere

  53. dzimas61 says: Jul 24, 2014 7:13 AM

    To think Tebow couldn’t find anywhere to play and here is Jones begging Orton to play out his contract so that he doesn’t forfeit that signing bonus. And, you wonder why the league is the way it is.

  54. indywilson40 says: Jul 24, 2014 7:37 AM

    Weeden gets a vote of confidence to be the backup QB. What a bum.

  55. olcap says: Jul 24, 2014 7:40 AM

    Orton was the best QB on the Cowboys roster.

  56. bigjim50010 says: Jul 24, 2014 9:24 AM

    he would be an instant upgrade in MN. Zimm wouldn’t wait til preseason is over to name Orton as starter.

  57. pantherpablo says: Jul 24, 2014 9:59 AM

    Orton is only 31 years old. That’s relatively young for a backup QB.

  58. fanme57 says: Jul 24, 2014 11:48 AM

    Jerry Jones, GM genius, (sic)

    Orton would become the best quarterback on the Texans roster…instantly

  59. coloradobuc says: Jul 24, 2014 11:52 AM

    Kyle is a good QB & could be a starter with several teams right now. I wish him the best.
    As a Bucs fan, I would love to see him land in Tampa Bay. We are going to have a decent team this year & he would be a huge asset I feel.

  60. volleyballnstuff says: Jul 24, 2014 4:15 PM

    Tebow to Dallas would be a great move. Tim Tebow on “America’s Team” = all kinds of potential.

    On the other hand, could see Ryan Mallett moving to Dallas and Belichick bringing back the new and improved Tim Tebow.

  61. kj777 says: Jul 24, 2014 5:42 PM

    Tebow to Dallas, talk about a circus. That being said, still love to see tebow he was very exciting to watch @ Florida and Denver.

  62. borisbulldog says: Aug 8, 2014 2:57 AM

    Weeden is a taller version of Tony Romo, when you need him to make a play in the 4th QTR, he craps his pants!

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