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 3 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.

Kyle Orton QB DAL 3 Months

ESPN's Todd Archer isn't convinced that Kyle Orton will return this season.

The Cowboys want Orton back even after signing Brandon Weeden, but he's questionable to attend offseason workouts next week and reportedly still considering retirement. Releasing Orton as a post-June 1 cut would allow Dallas to save $3.25 million against the cap this season. Orton is owed $2.25 million in 2015 regardless of whether he's on the roster.

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Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to return.

Even after signing Brandon Weeden, the Cowboys want Orton back at his $3.25 million salary. He had previously flirted with retirement. Orton, 31, is entering the final year of his contract.

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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.

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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 7 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.

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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.