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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

Dallas Cowboys are still hopeful that Kyle Orton will play

The Dallas Cowboys are still hopeful that Kyle Orton will play football this season. There were some thoughts that he would hang up the cleats during the offseason, but they are hoping that he will come into camp and take some snaps from under center.

Orton has not been present during the offseason program to this point, but the team expects to see him return during the mandatory minicamp that starts up next month. Would he be returning to minicamp to avoid a fine or would he be returning to play some football?

If Orton were to retire, he would owe the Cowboys $3 million of his signing bonus. That would be enough reason for me to hold onto a clipboard for another season behind Tony Romo.

The team prepared this offseason for Orton possibly hanging up the cleats by signing Brandon Weeden in the offseason. Not exactly the greatest option for the team, but it is someone that can hold down the position for a little bit of time. If Romo is not throwing the ball, the Cowboys would be in big trouble anyway.

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  • SmartThinking

    Has anyone thought to give Orton a phone call and ask him what his intentions for the season are? All this nervous speculation is counter productive. Phone the man already!

    • Ernie Padaon

      hahahahhaha… love the username with that comment. it only would make sense.

    • JoeDaBeast

      No idea what Orton is doing, maybe a power move (with no leverage), seeing how Romo’s recovery goes?

  • Old Frog

    I don’t know much about Orton or his financial situation but I suspect the one game he played in at the end of the season gave him and his agent the idea that he is starter material and he doesn’t want to “waste” another year as a backup if he doesn’t have to since he only has one year left on his contract. The announcers commented a lot during the game about his improved throwing motion and how well he was playing. It’s hard for any of us to comprehend giving back $3 million rather than carry a clipboard on the sidelines so I have to believe he’s fishing for a bigger contract somewhere even if it’s “only” 3 years at $10-$15 million with $5 million guaranteed, which would still be better than what he has now.