Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Kyle Orton tells Dallas Cowboys he wants to retire

Although he has flirted with the idea of retiring, it looked like Dallas Cowboys’ veteran quarterback Kyle Orton would be returning for a 10th NFL season in 2014.

According to Ian Rapoport of and The NFL Network, that appears to no longer be the case.

The Cowboys were hopeful that Orton would return to provide them with a solid backup behind Tony Romo, but were prepared for this move. They signed former Cleveland Browns’ first round pick Brandon Weeden in the offseason. 

The Chicago Bears orginally selected Orton with 106th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. Orton provided depth behind Rex Grossman for the Bears and was an excellent fill-in starter. He played in 33 games in four years with the Bears before becoming the Denver Broncos’ starter in 2009. He was cut in 2011 in favor of Tim Tebow. After four games with the Kansas City Chiefs to finish the 2011 season, he joined the Cowboys.

Last season, Orton completed 33 of 51 passes for 398 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. In his career, he has completed 1,326 of 2,265 passes for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions.


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  • Earl Robertson

    Cowboys need to sign Alex tanney

  • PastureMuffins

    Cowboys will never see the SUper Bowl with Romo at the helm. The news in Dallas this week was Romo’s comment that he feels good for the next 5 years. Sportscasters and fans alike groaned.

  • IBleedBlue

    Orton must have some really good investments in the hole or a very lucrative job already in the works. He’s gonna have to write a very large (to most of us) check in order to bow out. In a financial sense for Dallas, this really is addition by subtraction. Still, I hate to see an insurance policy like him go. Cheers, Kyle! Helllllloooo, Brandon!

  • SmartThinking

    There’s a huge difference between “wanting to retire” and actually doing it. Let’s wait a little longer and see how things sift out.

  • jrcowboy49

    Want to retire? Write a check to Jerrah! See ya!