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

NFL Rumors: Kyle Orton fined for minicamp absence

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Kyle Orton has been fined $70,000 for missing the Dallas Cowboys three-day minicamp, tough the team may never see that money paid. The Cowboys will now turn their focus with Orton to training camp, where the fines will be much steeper if Orton should choose to remain absent. If he does show up though, there is little the Cowboys can do to recoup the $3 million that they’ll likely seek as compensation for salary paid to Orton.

As the Star-Telegram notes:

“If he retires, Orton would have to repay $3 million to the Cowboys so he wants to be cut.” However, this isn’t the first rodeo for GM/owner Jerry Jones. The team was hoodwinked last season by a hobbled player and they have no desire to pay someone else for nothing.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys may have little enough choice in the matter. If Orton simply shows up to training camp in decent shape, the team will be forced to cut him if they want him off the roster. If they opt to keep Orton aboard, they’ll be signing on for a major distraction on a team that comes packed with diamond-studded distractions on an annual basis.

The other factor working against the Cowboys’ hopes of maintaining a hard line on Orton is their current QB situation. Tony Romo should be good to go for training camp and Brandon Weeden seems to have won the backup job in Orton’s absence. The team doesn’t really need Kyle Orton and the only reason they’d be keeping him around is to somehow recoup some of the salary money they lost from paying Orton for basically nothing.

It appears that the team has already lost that fight, even if they don’t know it yet. The piece notes, “if the Cowboys cut Orton in training camp or after training camp, there is nothing they can do to get the $3 million back.”

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