Cowboys release backup QB Kyle Orton
The Cowboys released quarterback Kyle Orton on Wednesday, meaning Brandon Weeden is the new backup in Dallas.
If Kyle Orton wants to retire, it looks like he's going to be able to do it and he's going to be able to do it with a full bank account. The Cowboys have released Orton, meaning he won't have to pay back any of his $5 million signing bonus that he received after signing with the team in 2012.
The Cowboys and Orton had been at a standoff since April when the backup quarterback didn't show up for the team's voluntary workouts. Orton also skipped May's OTA sessions and June's mandatory minicamp. By skipping minicamp, Orton racked up $70,000 in fines.
With Orton out in Dallas, that means the backup job will now belong to Brandon Weeden, whom the Cowboys signed to a two-year deal in March. The backup job in Dallas is a big one, especially with Tony Romo coming off of a back surgery that kept him out of the Cowboys' season finale against the Eagles in December.
The Week 17 loss to Philadelphia could now go down as the final game of the 31-year-old's career. In the 24-22 loss, Orton threw for 358 and two touchdowns, along with two interceptions.
If Orton had retired -- instead of being cut by Dallas -- he would have had to payback $3.4 million of his signing bonus. However, since the Cowboys dumped him, he'll get to keep it all. The move will add $1.1275 million in dead money to the Cowboys 2014 salary cap and $2.255 million in dead money to the 2015 cap.
If Orton decides he doesn't want to retire, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan has a few potential landing spots for the backup quarterback.
The teams that should go after Kyle Orton should be Balt,Chi,Den, SD, Detroit,SF— Pat Kirwan (@PatKirwanCBS) July 15, 2014
Our Latest Stories
You can go ahead and put those trade rumors to bed
Mitch Trubisky just misses the cut in a top 10 loaded with eight defensive prospects
The 45th president will be sitting down for an interview on Super Bowl Sunday
Can the Texans get more out of Brock Osweiler in 2017?
Sunday's AFC Championship Game can't get here fast enough
There's always next year for the Cowboys after falling to the Packers