Kyle Orton QB DAL 17 Days
The Cowboys are unsure if Kyle Orton will continue his playing career in 2014.
"No I don't know [that he is coming back]," executive VP Stephen Jones said. "But I haven't gone and asked him." Orton, 31, has one year left on his contract and is the only quarterback on the roster behind Tony Romo, so the Cowboys will likely need to add one or two. Orton will reportedly make a decision by March 11.
Kyle Orton QB DAL 2 Months
Kyle Orton completed 30-of-46 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
Making his first start since 2011, Orton was able to manage his way through the first three quarters before throwing a game-ending pick on the Cowboys' final drive. He held the Cowboys' offense back all night, struggling to get anything going with Dez Bryant and relying on check downs to Jason Witten. Orton was able to hit Bryant on a post route against single-coverage for a 32-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-nine play with 3:57 remaining, but failed to convert on a two-point conversion that would have tied the game. With the loss, the Cowboys were eliminated from playoff contention and will finish second in the NFC East. Orton is under contract for the next three seasons and should return as Tony Romo's backup in 2014.
Kyle Orton QB DAL 3 Months
With Tony Romo reportedly diagnosed with a season-ending back injury, Kyle Orton is expected to be the Cowboys' starter for Sunday's winner-take-all tilt with the Eagles.
Coach Jason Garrett laughably claimed in Monday's presser that there's still a chance Romo will start, but every report asserts the contrary. That leaves Orton to make his first start since 2011. One of the league's highest-paid backups, Orton has attempted just 15 passes since arriving in Dallas in March 2012. He has 69 games of starting experience, but is the owner of a career 79.7 quarterback rating, 58.4 completion percentage and 6.6 YPA. He'll give the Cowboys a better chance than most backups, but it still won't be a good one. That being said, Orton will be an intriguing option in daily leagues as he goes up against a soft secondary in what will likely be a high-scoring game.
Kyle Orton QB DAL 12 Months
Kyle Orton has restructured his contract.
Unable to agree to an extension with Tony Romo, the Cowboys put the screws to his backup instead. Details are unavailable, but it's likely a good chunk of Orton's $3.25 million salary has been converted to a bonus. It's possible, but not likely, he's agreed to an outright pay-cut. Orton attempted just 10 passes last season.
Kyle Orton QB DAL May 22 '12
NFL owners voted Tuesday to approve moving the trade deadline back two weeks.
The change will go into effect for the 2012 season, moving from Week 6 to Week 8, if the owners and NFLPA can agree on the details. The issue came under scrutiny last year when the Broncos waived Kyle Orton just after the early trade deadline, preventing the Bears from making a deal when Jay Cutler was lost for the season. The owners also approved a change to injured reserve that would allow one player to return to game action eight weeks after being placed on I.R.
Kyle Orton QB DAL Mar 13 '12
Free agent QB Kyle Orton's first visit will reportedly be with the Cowboys.
The Cowboys tried to claim Orton off waivers from the Broncos last November, so they've been interested for awhile. It's interesting that Orton would consider a clear-cut backup job as opposed to the opportunity to compete for another starting gig.
Kyle Orton QB DAL Feb 24 '12
Speaking at the Scouting Combine, Chiefs GM Scott Pioli expressed some interest in re-signing free agent Kyle Orton.
Re-signing Orton wouldn't be aiming high, but it at least would give Matt Cassel legitimate veteran competition. "We've talked to Kyle's people," Pioli said. "It sounds like Kyle would like to be with us. We've told Kyle we'd like to continue to work with him. ... Things have to work out (contractually)."
Kyle Orton QB DAL Feb 09 '12
According to the Wsahington Examiner, the Redskins had interest in free agent Kyle Orton when he was waived by Denver last November.
The Redskins didn't put in a waiver claim because of the salary implications and potential for locker-room "friction" with Rex Grossman. While he'd be an upgrade on Grossman for 2012, the Redskins would likely view Orton as more of a stopgap solution while grooming a rookie. It would make some sense for Washington to sign Orton in free agency before drafting a quarterback in April. Particularly if the rookie isn't selected at No. 6 overall.
Kyle Orton QB DAL Feb 05 '12
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that free agent Kyle Orton is one of the available quarterbacks about whom the Redskins have had "internal discussions."
The other two are more obvious: Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. Schefter also reports that the Redskins have at least contemplated trading up for Robert Griffin at the No. 2 overall pick. After trading down repeatedly in the 2011 draft and improving the rest of their roster last spring and summer, the Redskins seem intent to find their franchise quarterback this offseason.