Is It Time For the Cowboys To Trade QB Kyle Orton?

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After spending the 2011 season split between two different franchises, free agent quarterback Kyle Orton made plans to visit several different teams. His first stop was Valley Ranch. It also became his last stop as Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager, Jerry Jones, rolled out the welcome mat and proceeded to dump out a huge amount cash upon it for Orton. Thereby making him the highest paid back-up in the league. Orton signed immediately and never made it anywhere else. But now that quality quarterback play is at a premium, is it time for the Cowboys to cash in themselves by trading him?

Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) drops back to pass in the first quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 4, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) drops back to pass in the first quarter of the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame game against the Miami Dolphins at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

In early 2012, Orton signed a three-year deal worth $10.5 million with Dallas. The contract also included a huge $5 million signing bonus. Here’s what SI.com’s Peter King had to say about the massive deal:

“I’m amazed that the Dallas Cowboys paid Orton — who I consider the best of the available backups, and not by a small amount — a $5 million signing bonus for a five-year deal that will likely void to three years. I understand sleeping better at night, which the Cowboys will do now that they have maybe the best backup quarterback in football as insurance for Tony Romo instead of the iffy Stephen McGee. But I’ve never heard of paying a guy you hope will never play a $5 million signing bonus.”

Trading Orton and his contract now may be the wisest course of action considering the team could be forced to release him this offseason anyway. This due to the Cowboys being an estimated $31 million over the salary cap in 2014. And restructuring contracts can only go so far. If this is the case, why not get something for Orton instead of simply releasing him?

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  • jrcowboy49

    Trade Orton for a high draft pick!

  • TxScout

    Lets pick up Vince Yong and dump Orton.

    • BeirutWedding

      I might be one of the only knuckleheads who actually wouldn’t be averse to that idea.

  • SmartThinking

    That is the stupidest question on this site today. This writer has already stated the obvious three times over. 1) ten teams in the league need a quarterback. 2) Dallas has no known commodity behind Romo if he were to go down and Orton was gone, especially for some future trade. 3) we’re not even to the halfway mark of the season. Even if Jones were to place Orton on the trading block, now is not the time. In three or four games, when the better teams making a run for their divisions lose their QB, then is the time to place him up for sale. So you can get a high 3 and maybe a 5, or maybe as much as two 2′s. Not now. Orton’s worth more to Dallas right where he sits.

    • COWBOYSFORLIFE88

      how could we trade him in 3 or 4 games the deadline is tuesday best trade scenerio to me is..

      BUFFALO GETS– HB D.Murray QB K.Orton WR M.Austin DB O.Scandrick>>>
      DALLAS GETS– HB C.Spiller S J.Byrd 3 rd round pick
      (OR)
      MINNASOTA GETS– HB D.Murray 2014 1st rd pick 2015 1st rd pick WR M.Austin OT P.Costa
      DALLAS GETS– HB A.Peterson 5th rd pick

      BUFFALO GETS– QB K.Orton CB O.Scandrick 3rd round pick 5th rd pick TE J.Hanna
      DALLAS GETS– S J.Byrd QB T.Lewis

      also could get tanney off practice squad V.Young T.Tebow and M.Leinert are free agents we DL help aswell if you want a blockbuster trade ill give you one

      MIN GETS– HB D.Murray WR M.Austin two 1st round picks TE J.Witten CB O.Scandrick QB K.Orton
      DAL GETS– HB A.Peterson DE J.Allen QB C.Ponder 3rd round pick

      Just think if we dump these bums and get real players we will go and win the superbowl we gotta try and get PETERSON ALLEN BYRD

      • BeirutWedding

        Of course, Orlando Scandrick has been excellent this year.

  • ugdo

    The guy that wrote this BS cant possibly be a DC diehard

    Im a DC diehard

    I would never write dumb shit like this

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