Although the Dallas Cowboys have one of the better quarterbacks in football in Tony Romo, he is arguably the most criticized player in the NFL.
Romo was fantastic again last season, completing 342 of 535 passes for 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions. Romo, however, is now 34 years old. Although he had quite the streak going, playing in all 16 games in both 2011 and 2012 and the first 15 in 2013 before missing the last game of the season, a 24-22 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that once again kept them out of the postseason (they haven’t made the playoffs since 2009).
In the offseason, the Cowboys signed former Cleveland Browns’ first round pick Brandon Weeden and the speculation that Cowboys’ quarterback Kyle Orton was going to retire began to grow.
However, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas believes that Orton will report to training camp “at some point.”
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) July 13, 2014
The Chicago Bears originally 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.