No one would blame Kyle Orton for not unpacking his moving boxes anytime during last season. The former Chicago Bear was with two different teams last year, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. But it appears that Orton has now found a more permanent home as the back-up quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.
Several sources are now reporting that Orton will sign a three year deal with the Cowboys and play behind starter Tony Romo. The financial details of the contract have yet to be released. The move is a bit surprising considering Orton could have pursued other free agent opportunities where he could have competed for a starting job. But Dallas has had a long time infatuation in the 8th year veteran. The Cowboys attempted to obtain Orton last season when he was released by the Denver Broncos. The Kansas City Chiefs beat the ‘Boys to him.
Orton is coming off a very lack luster season. He only played in nine total games split between the two different clubs. He ended the year recording only nine touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Orton had his best years as a quarterback in Denver. In his two and a half year tenure as the starter, Orton recorded 8,434 passing yards, 49 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. But the former Purdue alum was replaced by Tim Tebow after the Broncos went 1-4 to start the 2011 season.
Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft, Orton started his career with the Chicago Bears. He spent three years in the windy city before being traded for Jay Cutler.
Orton now joins a Dallas Cowboy team who was one win away from a playoff run last season. The 29 year old also replaces long time back-up quarterback Jon Kitna. Kitna retired at the age of 39 this offseason after suffering a back injury last year and now plans to coach high school football.