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Orton will start Week 5 against the Lions.

Coach Doug Marrone will sit EJ Manuel and his scattershot arm on the bench for at least a week. We're sure the Bills aren't giving up on Manuel, but this is a team with an excellent running game and a good defense, and Marrone must want to see if Orton can give them a boost. Manuel hasn't been terrible, but he's become too reliant on the check-downs, has trouble in the red zone, and misses his mark too often. OK. so he's been kind of terrible. Orton has a pretty tough challenge ahead, facing a strong Lions defense in Detroit, but if performs decently the journeyman may just be able to hold onto the job for a bit.

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The Bills, who officially signed Orton on Saturday, have released backup quarterback Jeff Tuel.

Orton has yet to even take a snap with the team obviously, but for now he's the No. 2 guy behind EJ Manuel as the only backup left standing after the team released four quarterbacks this week. We'll see if they bring in another veteran off the scrap heap, though they could just roll with Manuel and Orton and put a young guy on the practice squad. All of a sudden, Orton is at least worth noting in deeper leagues given Manuel's injury struggles in 2013.

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Orton has agreed to a deal with the Bills, ESPN's James Walker reports.

Rather than roll with Jeff Tuel as the only backup on the roster behind EJ Manuel, the Bills will turn to Orton for an established veteran for the No. 2 rule. As long as Manuel remains healthy, Orton seems unlikely to take over as the team's starting quarterback in 2014.

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Free agent QB Kyle Orton doesn't plan to retire and wants to play this season.

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones says Orton was going to report to training camp. Apparently the Cowboys didn't want him there, and wanted him to retire, so they cut him. Brandon Weeden is Tony Romo's backup. Orton will try to find a job as a clipboard holder likely at some point near the end of summer.

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Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Orton is expected to retire. The move is actually a favor from the Cowboys, as Orton can now keep the entirety of the $5 million signing bonus he received in March 2012. It leaves Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback, an obviously undesirable situation. Orton made one start in his two years in Dallas, nearly guiding the Cowboys to a playoff berth last Week 17. If Orton follows through on retiring, he'll be doing so at a young age for a quarterback, as his 32nd birthday isn't until November.

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Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Orton is expected to retire. The move is actually a favor from the Cowboys, as Orton can now keep the entirety of the $5 million signing bonus he received in March 2012. It leaves Brandon Weeden as the Cowboys' No. 2 quarterback, an obviously undesirable situation. Orton made one start in his two years in Dallas, nearly guiding the Cowboys to a playoff berth last Week 17. If Orton follows through on retiring, he'll be doing so at a young age for a quarterback, as his 32nd birthday isn't until November.

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The Cowboys expect Kyle Orton to show up at training camp.

Orton was a no-show for mandatory minicamp, resulting in over $80,000 in fines. He wants the Cowboys to release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his signing bonus, but Dallas has refused to let him out of his contract. If Orton doesn't retire, it's possible he'll end up a weekly inactive as the third quarterback. Orton can be fined $30,000 per day for skipping training camp.

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Kyle Orton was a no-show for the first day of Cowboys mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.

Orton faces over $80,000 in fines should he not attend the three-day work week. He clearly wants to retire, but prefers the Cowboys release him so that he won't have to pay back $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus. Brandon Weeden is expected to handle all the first-team reps while Orton skips and Tony Romo takes it easy after back-to-back offseason back surgeries.

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Kyle Orton was a no-show for the Cowboys' pre-minicamp physical on Monday.

Orton can be fined $10,930 for skipping the physical, and $69,455 more for missing all three days of minicamp. Orton, 31, wants to retire, and is likely hoping the Cowboys release him. Then, he wouldn't have to pay any fines.

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The Cowboys are "hoping" Kyle Orton reports for next week's mandatory minicamp.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported in May that Orton had informed the Cowboys he plans to retire, but either they have gotten the memo, or Orton is still deciding. Orton will be forced to pay back $3 million of his $5 million 2012 signing bonus if he decides to hang up his cleats.