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Report: Kyle Orton reaches deal with Bills

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He’s back.

Veteran quarterback Kyle Orton has reached a one-year deal with the Bills, ESPN.com’s James Walker reported Friday night.

In July, the Cowboys released Orton, who was said to be considering retirement. At the time, Dallas owner Jerry Jones indicated the 31-year-old quarterback wasn’t done playing just yet.

Jones was apparently right.

With 70 NFL starts to his credit, Orton is likely to displace Jeff Tuel as the top backup to Bills starter EJ Manuel. The more interesting discussion point, though, is whether Orton could eventually push Manuel, who had an up-and-down summer.

Before joining Dallas in 2012, Orton had stints with Chicago (2005-2008), Denver (2009-2011) and Kansas City (2011). He has completed 1,326-of-2,265 passes for 15,019 yards with 83 TDs and 59 interceptions in his NFL career.

The Bills’ reported addition of Orton is their latest attempt to solidify their depth behind Manuel, who missed six games a season ago as a rookie. Tuel, Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis were the backups to begin the summer, but only Tuel remains of that trio. The Bills also parted ways with ex-Bears quarterback Jordan Palmer on Friday.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 29, 2014 10:36 PM

    Thank God I’m a Redskins fan we only have legitimate QBs on the roster spearheaded by the greatest QB since Elway, Robert Griffin the 3rd. #HTTR

  2. stolendog23 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:36 PM

    Sadly, I’m TOTALLY fine with this.

  3. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 29, 2014 10:36 PM

    Bills are desperately trying to get a copy of the Bears’ playbook — even if it is a few years old!

    Very shadey Buffalo: first signing Palmer and now this.

  4. eaglesfan036 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:37 PM

    All I have to say is: LOL COWBOYS LOL JERRUH JONE

  5. roylp says: Aug 29, 2014 10:38 PM

    Crazy how Orton didn’t want to play Dallas. Ha who would

  6. freshnsoclean says: Aug 29, 2014 10:38 PM

    Well they just signed the best QB on their roster.

  7. thesmartest1 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:40 PM

    EJ just got a little more insecure…..Jeff Tuel?

  8. csbanter says: Aug 29, 2014 10:40 PM

    Orton seen an opportunity to play, so he waited and he got lucky.EJ Manuel is perhaps the most likely current starter to be demoted. Smart move on Orton’s part. Aside from Schaub and maybe Hoyer.

  9. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    Desperation reeks from the mile high stadium.

  10. therouteison says: Aug 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    Good signing. EJ Manuel and the Bills have been booed off the field in Preseason Action two weeks in a row. Not a good sign when your team is getting booed off the field in the preseason

  11. andreweac says: Aug 29, 2014 10:42 PM

    Neck beard will be starting by week 3. Tebow or JaMarcus Russell would be a better option than Emanual. Dude has looked absolutely horrible in preseason.

  12. rajbais says: Aug 29, 2014 10:45 PM

    Nice pickup Buffalo!!! Anything to humiliate Dallas makes my day.

  13. bonnovi says: Aug 29, 2014 10:47 PM

    The ultimate battle of the check-downers.

  14. yanksbills says: Aug 29, 2014 10:48 PM

    What the frick? Can’t something good happen in Buffalo before the season starts? Please?

  15. largent80100 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:51 PM

    Report: Kyle Orton becomes Bills best quarterback

  16. alonestartexan says: Aug 29, 2014 10:51 PM

    Cowboys should have kept Orton and cut Romo.

  17. rajbais says: Aug 29, 2014 10:54 PM

    “With 70 NFL starts to his credit, Orton is likely to displace Jeff Tuel as the top backup to Bills starter EJ Manuel.”

    And he could displace EJ Manuel, period.

  18. billsalldayaday says: Aug 29, 2014 10:55 PM

    Championship

  19. ctiggs says: Aug 29, 2014 10:56 PM

    Ha ha ha ha he should be the starter #nobodyhasitbetter

  20. bigshirk says: Aug 29, 2014 10:57 PM

    He’s better then Manuel

  21. billsfan1 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:00 PM

    He absolutely should start.. He is the best qb we have had since Bledsoe left…At least he can get the ball to Watkins…

  22. idoubtiwillbother says: Aug 29, 2014 11:03 PM

    Finally!

  23. kd75 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:03 PM

    As strange as it sounds…Orton is better than Manuel.

  24. bills87 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:08 PM

    Exactly the type of veteran QB the Bills need behind Manuel. Orton brings what Buffalo has lacked at the QB position since Kolb got hurt in training camp last season: experience. If Manuel completely falls on his face Orton could’t be much worse.

  25. ydlin says: Aug 29, 2014 11:09 PM

    I hate you so much Kyle

  26. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 29, 2014 11:09 PM

    Starter?

  27. swagger52 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:10 PM

    Is it any wonder that the Patriots win that division every year? The QBs in that division are WEAK.

  28. goldbloodedindfw says: Aug 29, 2014 11:11 PM

    Orton will become the starter at some point this season.

  29. sportstalkprofessional says: Aug 29, 2014 11:11 PM

    He can do his Romo impressions in Buffalo now

  30. redfield11 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:12 PM

    Man the cowboys must really be bad. First Ratliff said he couldn’t play and played for Bears weeks later, now Orton says he wants to retire and leaves cowboys to play for Bills.

  31. turtlefox1 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:16 PM

    Good-bye E.J. Sitting may help you, overdrafted as you were.

  32. wny49er says: Aug 29, 2014 11:16 PM

    They should just get it over with and name Orton the starter. EJ just doesn’t have it to play in the NFL.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:17 PM

    Meet the Bills new starter. Better than Manuel.

  34. 3 Finger Lenny says: Aug 29, 2014 11:17 PM

    The Neck beard drunk is back baby

  35. cueghost says: Aug 29, 2014 11:18 PM

    Orton is a way better QB than Manuel at this point in their careers… Might as well use up the rest of whatever old Orton has left and let the youngster learn a thing or two. They’ll get a lot more out of Watkins with Orton slingin it, too.

  36. mrbigass says: Aug 29, 2014 11:22 PM

    Wow, he threatened retirement just to get out of playin’ for the Cowgirls……..

  37. sclazo says: Aug 29, 2014 11:23 PM

    I smell another 1st round bust QB

  38. thelegendofkikoalonso says: Aug 29, 2014 11:23 PM

    Now even I think this is getting a little circusy.

  39. campcouch says: Aug 29, 2014 11:23 PM

    LOL what? Is Dallas really that bad?

  40. raiderapologist says: Aug 29, 2014 11:31 PM

    Best QB on that roster is Kyle Orton. Sorry.

  41. cwt123 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:32 PM

    I’m a Dallas fan so I may be biased….but I have NO respect for this guy.

  42. Jackofallsports says: Aug 29, 2014 11:33 PM

    And where were the rams?

  43. hyzers says: Aug 29, 2014 11:33 PM

    Watch out Bears, he might be giving Schwartz all your old plays LOL

  44. herrcules13 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:34 PM

    He doesn’t want to play. Just wants to get paid for holding a clipboard. Given the possibility of Romo not bouncing back from surgery, and having played ONE game as the highest paid backup in the NFL, he didn’t show for camp, essentially forcing the cowboys to move on. Wants to get paid, doesn’t want to play. Good luck to the bills.

  45. beefturkey says: Aug 29, 2014 11:35 PM

    Mind you, I’m no fan of the Cowboys, but I cannot imagine why this guy would force his way out of Dallas so he could get to Buffalo. Dude was one Tony Romo back spasm away from a starting gig with a high profile franchise, and now he’s in football no man’s land. Granted, the neck beard will come in handy come November, but what the hell?

  46. bflobacker says: Aug 29, 2014 11:36 PM

    Thumbs up!

  47. bucrightoff says: Aug 29, 2014 11:38 PM

    Starting by week 5.

  48. hottubtodd says: Aug 29, 2014 11:43 PM

    Solid move. Bills brass have taken a lot of grief from fans lately for not finding a competent
    back up. Orton is the best available option. Lets start the season.

  49. terrier92 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:45 PM

    This guy will give Bills a chance to compete

    Good move

  50. catquick says: Aug 29, 2014 11:48 PM

    Palmer did get a nice box lunch on the way out of town…..

  51. jerrysglassescleaner says: Aug 29, 2014 11:49 PM

    When he actually does retire, he seems to have the potential of a politician cause he sure can screw people out of money. Maybe he should do that after. #goPats #goYets #goDolphins

  52. 315judman says: Aug 29, 2014 11:51 PM

    Hopefully the pats* release mallett and the Bills can get him too.

  53. fordmandalay says: Aug 29, 2014 11:54 PM

    How bad is playing for the Cowboys, that it makes playing for the Bills a better option??

  54. kj777 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:57 PM

    wasn’t he replaced by Tebow in Denver?

  55. kevinthecomic1 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:58 PM

    Surest sign yet that the Bills will win a maximum of 4 games this year.

  56. boobie323 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:02 AM

    Id Rather be a Backup QB in Dallas then Be a Starter in Buffalo..

  57. govtminion says: Aug 30, 2014 12:04 AM

    Kind of surprised St. Louis didn’t get him instead- backing up Manuel means he’ll probably get a few starts, but he could have pretty much been ‘the guy’ with the Rams- and he’d at least have been a better option than most of the wood-pile the Rams are going to have to dig through for their QB woes.

  58. Ride The Tides says: Aug 30, 2014 12:05 AM

    Jerrah really must have irked Orton.

  59. jpaq68 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:07 AM

    He’ll be the starter BG week 3

  60. gavriloprincip33 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:11 AM

    Buffalo over Dallas – someone please explain this to me…

    From a team and life standpoint it makes no sense and surely the money can’t be that much different!

  61. ohand16 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:14 AM

    So Orton is starting against the Bears?

  62. coltzfan166 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:15 AM

    And he could be starting by Week 8.

  63. canetic says: Aug 30, 2014 12:15 AM

    Kyle Orton is buying the Bills? That came out of nowhere.

  64. oilmanplainview says: Aug 30, 2014 12:17 AM

    Good God Kyle Orton? Haven’t those poor Buffalo Bills fans already suffered enough this off season??

  65. stunzeed5 says: Aug 30, 2014 12:18 AM

    Poor Cowboys got stuck with Brandon Weeden! Lol

  66. jukeboxmickey says: Aug 30, 2014 12:34 AM

    The Bills just guaranteed there spot
    In this years Super Bowl.
    Watch out NFL the Bills are back

  67. wyrdawg says: Aug 30, 2014 12:35 AM

    OK KO. You AND Palmer?

    Wow. Bills throwing in all the cards to win their first game. Congrats….. Shouldn’t, really, try this hard.

  68. pioniere says: Aug 30, 2014 12:35 AM

    Hate these ads above the comments section now.

    This is a good signing. By the time Orton learns the playbook, the Bills may need him to step in and start.

    With Buffalo’s defense and running game, Orton could be the perfect game manager. He can avoid the sort of game-killing mistakes we’ve gotten used to seeing from our QBs.

  69. wyrdawg says: Aug 30, 2014 12:36 AM

    Next up: “The Buffalo Bills sign Brian Urlacher to shore up their depleted……blah blah blah”

    Pull the trigger B.

  70. someoneimportant says: Aug 30, 2014 12:45 AM

    Wow. I THOUGHT THE BILLS were a short sited, disorganized, underfunded joke UNTIL TODAY and this awesome POWER MOVE.

    Those poor, poor Bills fans.

    At least this season, when they eak out five or six meaningless wins, they’ll be devaluing the Browns’ and not their own first round pick.

  71. seatownballers says: Aug 30, 2014 12:46 AM

    Seriously, who can blame him for leaving Dallas?
    Romo is coming off surgery, they have the worst defense in the nfl, drafted an offensive guard instead of a safety, ohhh i could go on. 5-11 cowboys

  72. keepyerstickontheice says: Aug 30, 2014 12:55 AM

    Much, much better idea than the brother of that guy who had that one decent season before he got hurt a long time ago.

  73. 1zzo says: Aug 30, 2014 12:57 AM

    “Orton could eventually push Manuel, who had an up-and-down summer.”
    Could you please tell me what part of the summer was ‘up’ for Manuel? I must have missed that part.

  74. corkspop says: Aug 30, 2014 12:58 AM

    He’s already the best QB on the roster.

  75. gobills716 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:07 AM

    Good insurance plan but anyone who thinks he is going to challenge EJ for the job has no idea what they’re talking about…This franchise is all in on EJ. He has only played 10 NFL games but everyone seems ready to write him off. Give the man some time. If Nathaniel Hackett keeps it simple for EJ and allows the run game to carry the offense at the beginning of the year, EJ will be fine.

  76. couchbasher says: Aug 30, 2014 1:12 AM

    Damn. There goes the browns good draft pick.

  77. darealsmiley4284 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:17 AM

    Not a Cowboy fan (#HTTR…..say it, REDSKINS), but what he did to Dallas was sketchy and I hope he flops hard in Buffalo and doesn’t last.

  78. claymatthewshairplugs says: Aug 30, 2014 1:19 AM

    A solid backup but if he’s your starter you’re in deep trouble. As a Bears fan I will tell you Orton has a weak arm compounded by the fact the Bills play outdoor in the cold like the Bears means if Prton is starting any significant game this team is in trouble. Get ready for “deep” passes consisting of 15 yard bombs and plenty of dink and dunks.

    On the other hand kyle does grow a pretty cool neck beard.

  79. footballicus says: Aug 30, 2014 1:22 AM

    Glad to see this. No more coddling Manuel, he has to perform now or risk being benched.

  80. posmoo says: Aug 30, 2014 2:11 AM

    Dallas is so screwed up that even a washed up veteran back-up qb preferred to retire before playing for them another year.

    Orton is then released and then he goes on to sign with the Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs in 14 years and who have the worst winter weather east of Fargo on this side of our hemisphere.

    Jerry might need a conservatorship soon.

    .

  81. flannlv says: Aug 30, 2014 2:26 AM

    Not a fan of the Bills, but it looks like there may be some brain wave activity behind this selection.

  82. junebug42 says: Aug 30, 2014 2:33 AM

    Dude really thinks he’s a starter in the league!!!!!

  83. gammynomnom says: Aug 30, 2014 2:36 AM

    How bad is the Qb situation when you sign a guy who clearly has no interest in the game anymore? I wouldn’t pay this gut 35 dollars for 5 years.

  84. hatasgonnahate says: Aug 30, 2014 2:37 AM

    The Bills want all of Chicago’s leftovers at qb this year I guess. Orton’s still a better option than whatever they have on the roster.

  85. mattyheisman says: Aug 30, 2014 2:38 AM

    Manuel is terrible,Orton is actually an upgrade. Goodbye 2014 season #wastedtalent

  86. lbreezy04 says: Aug 30, 2014 3:44 AM

    Orton as the starter would be an upgrade.

  87. sumkat says: Aug 30, 2014 4:16 AM

    Everyone knew he would be back once he had an offer. He didn’t leave Dallas because he doesn’t want to play anymore. He left Dallas because he was brought in as a backup, and did his job VERY well. He wasn’t great, but he didn’t lose them games…exactly what a backup QB should do

    His reward? His job is given away to Brandon friggin Weeden, a man who has accomplished nothing of note in the NFL, and is less than a year younger than Orton (Orton was born 11/82, Weeden 10/83). Why would he want to come back to watch Weeden hold a clip board?

    The only reason is if he wanted to be a footnote in stupid sports trivia….I would have to assume that a total age of 97 (34 for Romo, 32 for Orton, 31 for Weeden, after early Nov when Orton hits 32), would have to be the oldest QB core in the history of the NFL

  88. eljefedelmundo says: Aug 30, 2014 4:39 AM

    Wait, is he BUYING the Bills?

  89. nehxas says: Aug 30, 2014 4:41 AM

    Better than Manuel.

  90. gadzod says: Aug 30, 2014 4:58 AM

    This puts my mind at ease as a Bills fan. Manuel could have won a lot of those games he missed (the Browns game we were taking control of it, and namely, the Chiefs game to name a couple), which could have made a difference. Now, that Manuel has been struggling, this gives us a solid backup to carry the team in case he is unable to get the job done, or if Manuel can but gets injured. He’s not a permanent option, but he’s a viable one for a temporary fix.

  91. floratiotime says: Aug 30, 2014 5:07 AM

    Who else is real sick of this guy and his retirement act?

  92. mungman69 says: Aug 30, 2014 5:14 AM

    Why did Jerry let this guy walk?

  93. skoobyfl says: Aug 30, 2014 5:27 AM

    G. Hamdan was busy so they signed Orton as a backup.

  94. flash1287 says: Aug 30, 2014 5:28 AM

    So now they have another sorry QB!

    #billsmafiaislame

  95. footballfan72 says: Aug 30, 2014 5:39 AM

    He gets to shafts another team for money. Bum

  96. mungman69 says: Aug 30, 2014 6:16 AM

    Raiders in the 60s had three quarterbacks in Dayrl Lamonica, George Blanda and Jeff Mingin who were a combined 105 years old.

  97. awm7353 says: Aug 30, 2014 6:22 AM

    Didn’t lose a game for Dallas??? The last game he played, he threw an interception that sealed the loss. This is a guy that lost his job to Tebow and you think he is good?

  98. oldlthrneck says: Aug 30, 2014 6:27 AM

    He did the same thing in Denver. Wouldn’t play behind Tebow, so he threw a hissy fit and they traded him. A lot of good it did him, eh?

  99. nite2al says: Aug 30, 2014 6:59 AM

    He must love the cold weather.

  100. kingcasper says: Aug 30, 2014 7:13 AM

    Orton knows he is going to eventually start, that is why he signed.

  101. mortwannabe says: Aug 30, 2014 7:33 AM

    Awesome…Boiler Up!

  102. bmcgrath2 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:39 AM

    Orton is still only 31 years old?

  103. kgun80 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:50 AM

    The guy may not have been a big arm QB who lit it up and set records but he’s a good backup and a guy that can show a young QB how to be a pro. This should have been done months ago

  104. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 30, 2014 8:10 AM

    Better to have signed the man that beat him out for a job in Denver before turning their season around: GET ME TEBOW!

  105. docboss says: Aug 30, 2014 8:14 AM

    I thought he might be a Ram.

  106. officialgame says: Aug 30, 2014 8:20 AM

    Has Orton ever said specifically why he didn’t want to play in Dallas?

  107. crewchief15 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:15 AM

    Eagle fans talking trash, yet have no hardware…funny kids

  108. jpaq68 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:29 AM

    I wonder if maybe the team (sans Gabbert 2.0) sat Marone and Whaley down intervention-style to make them see the error in their ways, how they over reached in last years draft and convinced them that Manuel is not and never will be the answer at QB.

    Can we officially label EJ as a bust now?

  109. crewchief15 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:01 AM

    Can you imagine someone saying “Hey I’d rather play in Buffalo (no offense fans) than in Dallas” and yes the Cowboys are a mess and JJ is crazy. Let’s be honest you’d rather play football in Buffalo/Toronto over Dallas, if you say otherwise you’re a simple hater or not being truthful. Look I hate the Giants, but if given the choice of Buffalo or the Giants, I be like “Go Giants”!

  110. billswillnevermove says: Aug 30, 2014 11:36 AM

    @crewchief…….I love how people try and knock the city of Buffalo…….the city of good neighbors. Dallas is a slum hole.

  111. billstime17 says: Aug 30, 2014 11:38 AM

    Finally a decent Backup! Also kinda of funny
    how he pick the Bills over Cowboys. I am thinking
    he wants a decent chance to play and perhaps the defense is better – allot better!

  112. billswillnevermove says: Aug 30, 2014 11:39 AM

    jpaq68 says:Aug 30, 2014 9:29 AM

    I wonder if maybe the team (sans Gabbert 2.0) sat Marone and Whaley down intervention-style to make them see the error in their ways, how they over reached in last years draft and convinced them that Manuel is not and never will be the answer at QB.

    Can we officially label EJ as a bust now?
    _________________________________
    Wow, you are so smart……..so you label a guy a bust after just playing 10 NFL games? It’s why you type on the computer and are not doing anything inside of football. How long did it take for your management to find out Blaine Gabbert was a bust? And I wouldn’t be so happy just yet, just because Bortles looked good in the pre-season doesn’t mean he is going to be any good. Pre-season means nothing.

  113. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 30, 2014 12:27 PM

    Jerry get played again.

  114. djshnooks says: Aug 30, 2014 12:38 PM

    Bortles is a stud. Manuel blows.

    I’m a Bills fan.

  115. jpmelon says: Aug 30, 2014 2:20 PM

    smart signing. Good pickup.

  116. billyhvac says: Aug 30, 2014 8:16 PM

    Kyle Orton has always been a reliable game
    manager. He left Dallas,( so sorry to say this
    Dallas fans) because he couldn’t stand Jerry
    Jones! Jones has never been a qualified GM.
    The man is a rich moron, and there are a lot of
    those around this country.

  117. crewchief15 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:53 PM

    billyhavc, how do you know why he left? I think you’re still sore from the dominating losses to the Cowboys in the SB’s. Also 2 to the other NFL east team. Any hoo, Orton is a decent backup who can manage a game, with a good team, but the bills are not even close. So whose the owner of the bills? thought so…

  118. crewchief15 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:56 PM

    Also JJ is a rich moron, and you’d work for him in a heart beat, don’t lie, you know you would. I would bet many of us work for morons, at least he has cash flow.

  119. calvinthegreat81 says: Sep 3, 2014 11:03 PM

    Orton is a better talent than cutler.

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