The Team Doesn't Anticipate The Veteran To Retire In 2014
The Future of the Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Kyle Orton is still unknown for the 2014 season. The Cowboys head coach has said the same thing to media on multiple occasions that he "anticipates" Orton on being with the team for a mandatory training camp in June.
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That does not mean Orton wants to play in 2014. It simply means he could show just to avoid a fine of roughly $70,000 for missing the mandatory camp.
Asked Saturday if that could be Orton’s plan, Garrett said, “You’ll have to ask him that.”
Orton who showed up for the voluntary offseason conditioning program in 2012 and 2013 -- has yet to show up to one during the 2014 pre-season. Orton has been quiet. His agent, David Dunn, who also represents Garrett, said at the NFL owners meetings that retirement was never option.
The Cowboys still expect him to show up to the mandatory training camp that starts in June. If not he could face a $70,000 dollar fine for being a no show. If Orton does retire that would leave Brandon Weeden as Tony Romo's backup -- unless they decide to pick up another quarterback before the start of the pre-season.
"Well, that's the plan," quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. "That's one of the reasons we signed [Weeden]. We're still hopeful that Kyle will be here, but if he doesn't, we feel really good about Brandon, especially since he's going through our offseason program."
Orton would owe the team $3 million if he retires, reports ESPN. Orton signed a five-year deal in 2012 that included a $5 million signing bonus. With three years left, he'd have to pay back $3 million of the signing bonus to the team.
"That's just a situation we'll have to work through," Jones said. "We expect when mandatory practices start and the mandatory things begin, we fully expect Kyle to be there."
If Orton plays in 2014, he'll earn $3.25 million without having to pay back anything.
The 30-year-old Weeden signed a 2-year deal with Dallas following a two-year stint in Cleveland. He stepped into the starting role as a rookie for the Browns, but struggled from the beginning. Things got worse in his second year as injury and ineffectiveness eventually landed him on the bench. Weeden has spent time at the voluntary camps to learn new offensive coordinators Scott Linehan's schemes since signing in March.