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Report: On first day of Cowboys minicamp, QB Kyle Orton a no-show

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Kyle Orton still hasn't shown up for Cowboys minicamp. (USATSI)
Kyle Orton still hasn't shown up for Cowboys minicamp. (USATSI)

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On Monday, Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton, who somehow has become one of the most important players on the Dallas roster this offseason, didn't show up for his pre-minicamp physical, leading to more speculation that Orton was heavily weighing retirement.

Though Cowboys coach Jason Garrett had said previously that he expected Orton to show for the mandatory minicamp this week, Orton has not surfaced yet as of late Tuesday morning for the first day, according to NFL.com.

If he misses the entire minicamp, he's subject to an approximate $70,000 fine, and already, he's potentially forfeited a $75,000 workout bonus for skipping all the Dallas OTAs.

If Orton decides to retire, he'd have to repay the Cowboys $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus, and he would be giving up a $3.25 million base salary. If the Cowboys cut him instead, he wouldn't owe them anything.

So, without Orton in camp and with Tony Romo still rehabbing from back surgery, Brandon Weeden, at this point, is Dallas' No. 1 quarterback.

For now, Orton, if he does want to retire, is in a money standoff with the Cowboys. One that might not end anytime soon.

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