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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.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 1 Month

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.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 1 Month

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.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 1 Month

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.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 2 Months2 Comments

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys QB Kyle Orton has informed the team he plans to retire.

Orton may want to retire, but the real question is can he afford it. If Orton does not report, he would be forced to pay back $3 million of the $5 million signing bonus he received in 2012 as well as lose out on the $3 million base salary he is scheduled to make in 2014. The Cowboys view Orton as one of the top backups in the league and will do everything they can to hold onto him.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 2 Months

Coach Jason Garrett reiterated the Cowboys "anticipate" backup QB Kyle Orton reporting to the team.

Garrett believes this "based on conversations he has had" with Orton. Orton hasn't shown up to any of Dallas' offseason workouts, and owner Jerry Jones recently replied "I don't know" when asked about Orton's status. Orton has a huge financial incentive to report to the team eventually. If he declined, Orton would lose over $3 million in base salary, and also have to pay back the Cowboys $3 million from the three-year contract he signed in 2012.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 2 Months

Kyle Orton remains absent from Cowboys' voluntary workouts.

Owner Jerry Jones replied "I don't know" when asked about Orton's status Saturday, but did say he expects him to report for next month's minicamp. There's been buzz that Orton is considering retirement, but the fact that Dallas passed on drafting a signal caller is a sign he'll return. Big D also has Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie behind Tony Romo.

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Executive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to report to the Cowboys.

Orton skipped voluntary workouts last week but is expected to arrive for mandatory minicamp in June. He has plenty of reason to show up. If Orton retires, he'd owe the Cowboys $3 million. He'd also be throwing away the opportunity to earn his $3.25 million base salary. Orton should be back as Tony Romo's caddy.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 3 Months

Kyle Orton did not report to day one of voluntary workouts on Monday.

Orton, entering his age-32 season, is considering retirement, even though he has arguably the best job in sports as a No. 2 quarterback. He'd be leaving $3.25 million on the table if he hangs 'em up. ESPN Dallas is already convinced Orton is done. Brandon Weeden is penciled in as Tony Romo's backup.