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#18 QB | 6'4", 228 lbs. | Buffalo
Birth Date:November 14, 1982 (31 years old) Place of Birth:Altoona, IA Hometown:Altoona, IA College:Purdue
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago in 2005 (4/106).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
Drafted:Drafted by Chicago in 2005 (4/106).
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
|Assets:||A hard worker and good leader. Reads defenses well. Brings size, field vision, and arm strength to the NFL pocket. Can zip spirals all over the field and throws a solid deep ball. Has some mobility and can get out of trouble.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't always set properly, winds up his delivery and will sometimes throw off-balance (leading to the odd bout of inaccuracy). Took a while to find his way in the NFL.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent but above-average quarterback.|
Movements & Injuries
|8/29/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Bills to a two-year contract.|
|7/15/2014||Released by the Dallas Cowboys.|
|3/14/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys to a three-year contract.|
|11/23/2011||Claimed off waivers from the Denver Broncos.|
|11/22/2011||Waived by the Denver Broncos.|
|8/19/2010||Signed by the Denver Broncos to a one-year contract extension.|
|4/16/2010||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Denver Broncos to a one-year contract.|
|4/02/2009||Acquired from the Chicago Bears.|
|2/25/2008||Signed by the Chicago Bears to a one-year contract extension.|
|7/24/2005||Signed by the Chicago Bears to a four-year contract.|
|8/29/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Bills.|
|3/14/2012||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Dallas Cowboys.|
|11/23/2011||Claimed by the Kansas City Chiefs off waivers from the Denver Broncos.|
|4/02/2009||Denver Broncos traded Jay Cutler and a fifth-round draft pick in 2009 to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton, a first-round and a third-round draft picks in 2009 and a first-round draft pick in 2010.|
|4/24/2005||Drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 4th round (106th overall) in 2005.|
Quarterback Kyle Orton was signed by the Buffalo Bills | 08/30/2014 1:49 PM
NewsQuarterback Kyle Orton was signed by the Buffalo Bills
ImpactOrton is a solid backup, but not a starter anymore. Hoperfully this isn't a sign the team is concerned about E.J. Manuel's ability to run the offense.
Cowboys release No. 2 quarterback Kyle Orton | 07/15/2014 5:24 PM
NewsCowboys released QB Kyle Orton.
Adam Schefter on Twitter
ImpactOrton 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.
Cowboys expect Kyle Orton at training camp | 07/04/2014 8:03 PM
NewsThe Cowboys expect Kyle Orton to show up at training camp.
ImpactOrton 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 doesn't show for Cowboys minicamp | 06/17/2014 10:01 AM
NewsKyle Orton was a no-show for the first day of Cowboys mandatory minicamp on Tuesday.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactOrton 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 a no-show for physical | 06/16/2014 4:18 PM
NewsKyle Orton was a no-show for the Cowboys' pre-minicamp physical on Monday.
ImpactOrton 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.
Cowboys 'hoping' Orton shows for minicamp | 06/10/2014 5:25 PM
NewsThe Cowboys are "hoping" Kyle Orton reports for next week's mandatory minicamp.
ImpactNFL 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.
Orton informs Cowboys he wants to retire | 05/22/2014 9:07 PM
NewsNFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Cowboys QB Kyle Orton has informed the team he plans to retire.
Ian Rapoport on Twitter
ImpactOrton 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.
Cowboys expect Kyle Orton to report | 05/18/2014 4:54 PM
NewsCoach Jason Garrett reiterated the Cowboys "anticipate" backup QB Kyle Orton reporting to the team.
Charean Williams on Twitter
ImpactGarrett 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 still absent from OTAs | 05/12/2014 4:58 PM
NewsKyle Orton remains absent from Cowboys' voluntary workouts.
ImpactOwner 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.
Cowboys expect Kyle Orton back in 2014 | 04/29/2014 10:49 AM
NewsExecutive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to report to the Cowboys.
ImpactOrton 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 a no-show at day one of OTAs | 04/21/2014 6:24 PM
NewsKyle Orton did not report to day one of voluntary workouts on Monday.
Clarence Hill on Twitter
ImpactOrton, 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 still may not return in 2014 | 04/18/2014 6:25 PM
NewsESPN's Todd Archer isn't convinced that Kyle Orton will return this season.
ImpactThe 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.
Kyle Orton expected back with Cowboys | 03/24/2014 12:48 PM
NewsCowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said he expects Kyle Orton to return.
Calvin Watkins on Twitter
ImpactEven 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.
Cowboys unsure if Kyle Orton will play in '14 | 02/21/2014 12:13 PM
NewsThe Cowboys are unsure if Kyle Orton will continue his playing career in 2014.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Impact"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.
Cowboys eliminated on Orton game-ending pick | 12/29/2013 11:57 PM
NewsKyle Orton completed 30-of-46 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in Sunday night's Week 17 loss to the Eagles.
ImpactMaking 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.
Cowboys' Orton expected to start in Week 17 | 12/23/2013 5:38 PM
NewsWith 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.
ImpactCoach 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 restructures contract | 03/27/2013 1:06 PM
NewsKyle Orton has restructured his contract.
ImpactUnable 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.
Career Regular Season Statistics
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Pct (Comp/Att)||62.1||2009 (Den)|
|Passing Yards||3802||2009 (Den)|
|Passing TD||21||2009 (Den)|
|Passing Avg (Yds/Att)||7.3||2010 (Den)|
|QB Rating||87.5||2010 (Den)|
|Most Interceptions||13||2005 (Chi)|
|Most Sacked||34||2010 (Den)|
|Carries||24||3 times-last: 2009 (Den)|
|Rushing Yards||98||2010 (Den)|
|Average (Yds/Carries)||8.0*||2013 (Dal)|
|Rushing TD||3||2008 (Chi)|