The Dallas Cowboys signed former Cleveland Browns first round draft pick Brandon Weedon to compete for their backup quarterback position. They already have Kyle Orton on the roster and there were rumors that he was ready to walk away from the NFL. According to Yahoo Sports on Friday, Orton has said that he wants to retire and the Cowboys are doing what they can to convince him to stay.
This is an unusual situation. It’s not like Orton is starting for Dallas and they need him to compete. It is not like he is the only backup with starting experience, as Weedon is a former starting quarterback. It isn’t about money either, because Dallas is willing to pay him $3.25 million to be their backup.
Tony Romo is coming off of back surgery after his season ended early in 2013. Orton started the final game of the season, a game Dallas needed to win to make it to the playoffs. He played a great game as well, throwing for over 300 yards, but he also threw an interception on his last pass of the game to end up on the losing side. However, Dallas still feels he can help them if Romo goes down again.
It almost seems like Dallas doesn’t trust Weedon to be their primary backup. It could also be the $3 million signing bonus. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com said that Orton is just ready to quit playing football and move on with his life. He also reported that, if he does, Dallas will make Orton pay back the $3 million signing bonus they gave him.
Orton would also lose the $3.25 million base salary Dallas owed him this year. That means, if Orton walks away, he will be walking away from $6.25 million to be a backup quarterback in the NFL. If Kyle Orton is willing to give up that money, his heart isn’t in playing football anymore. If that is the case, then the Dallas Cowboys better get used to Brandon Weeden being Tony Romo’s backup.