The Buffalo Bills are still in search of a veteran quarterback to backup E.J. Manuel this season after cutting Jordan Palmer on Friday and one name that could interest the Bills if Kyle Orton, according to ESPN’s Adam Kaplan.
Orton, 31, has been rumored to possibly retire after the Dallas Cowboys released him in the offseason, but apparently is willing to play for the right team and right situation this season.
As far as veteran quarterbacks are concerned, there aren’t many better on the free agent market than Orton who has been an effective starter at times in his career before being relegated to the bench.
His veteran presence could help Manuel develop in his second season in the NFL out of Florida State as a first round pick and help him in the quarterback room and give him a sounding board in addition to the coaching staff.
Plus with Manuel’s injury history, Orton could have an opportunity to start at some point this season. If he does get the chance to start in Buffalo, he would have a nice set of weapons with Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Mike Williams and Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller in the backfield.
If nothing else, his presence could push Manuel to live up to the potential the Bills saw in him when they made him the first quarterback taken in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Bills also cut Dennis Dixon and Thad Lewis earlier this week as the revolving door of quarterbacks continues in Buffalo.