Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) on the sidelines during the game against the Washington Redskins during a game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Must Cut Ties With Orton


For reasons only he knows, Dallas Cowboys back-up quarterback Kyle Orton doesn’t seem very eager to play football in 2014.  By now, I’m sure you’re aware that Orton has not reported to any of the team’s voluntary offseason activities so far. And he has also apparently put it out there that retirement seems like a real possibility.  Of course, Orton’s not saying anything directly.  These are just rumors being floated out there.

My question is… what is there to retire from?

How stupid do you have to be to turn down $3.25 million to basically have the best ticket in the entire building for sixteen NFL games?  Seriously.

In two previous seasons as a Cowboy, Orton has made two brief appearances and played one full game.  For the record, he’s never been sacked in any of those three games he actually came onto the field.  Are you kidding me?  Now you want to kind of put it out there that maybe you don’t want to play anymore?

I have a reply to that.

Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out…

Look, I am well aware that it does not make good financial sense to give in to the passive-aggressive ploys Orton is partaking in by cutting him.  I get that you would lose the chance to recoup some of the signing bonus you gave him.  I TOTALLY get the idea of a Brandon Weeden / Caleb Hanie battle for the prize of helping facilitate the calls of plays into Tony Romo‘s helmet microphone is a little unsettling for Cowboys fans to say the least.  For these reasons and more, Dallas will likely not just cut him and move on…

But they should.

For one, $3 million dollars to Jerry Jones is like $100 to you or me.  Yes, it would suck if you just gave away $100 for nothing but I am sure there are plenty of times you have spent $100 on practically nothing and your world did not soon end.  Jerry’s won’t either.  Another reason that I am calling for a swift kick out of Valley Ranch is that we’ve already done this dance before.  This reminds me a little bit of the Jay Ratliff situation.  Remember that Ratliff, apparently similarly to Orton, has no problem being deceitful about his intentions and/or capabilities to play, all as a ploy to get money for nothing.  Dallas cannot keep hope alive that Orton is going to actually show up and provide the services they intended him to be available for.

But mostly, they need to just cut him to end the circus by sending a message.  YOU’RE A BACKUP QUARTERBACK.  You’re largely unnecessary and you’re certainly not worth the time and energy that this little game you’re playing is taking.  This season is too important to many people’s futures (see Garrett, Jason) to waste any time dealing with the ridiculousness that Orton is putting the team through.

If you really want to retire, then please do.  While it would be a little unnerving to think of Brandon Weeden to the rescue if something should happen to Romo, it’s a lot better of a thought than to have to deal with the day in and day out drama of this whole money grab ploy Orton is trying to pull.

If the Cowboys continue to play the game with Orton, that should tell you truly of what they think of the other guys in camp.  To me, sending a strong message and forgetting about the small change by just moving on would double as an end to the story and a confidence boost for whoever it is actually wants to be here.  Give me that guy over the selfish, me first type any day.

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  • FranklySpeaking15

    To the writer: have someone proofread your posts. When you mess up the very first sentence, your impact statement, it’s hard to take the rest of your post seriously.

    • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

      I am glad to see there are fans out there who believe correcting minor grammar mistakes is important. Due to the improper grammar in the first sentence I almost became ill and could not give serious thought to the remainder of the article. In the future maybe the writer will allow you to proofread his posts so I will be able to read them without experiencing the same problem.

  • Old Frog

    Cutting Orton and letting him keep the $3 million also sends a message – that you can threaten JJ and still keep your money. Not sure that’s a preferable message. At least Ratliff is being sued and the jury is still out.

    • David

      I would not cut him bro. I would force him to retire so the Cowboys can get the money back torward the cap.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Ratliff was a scumbag. IMO, Orton should not be compared to him yet. Circumstances are different. Ratliff had a physical blowout with his boss. Orton has not. IMO, Cowboys are handling this situation correctly. Make Orton weigh the financial effects of his decision. I would like to have Orton as the backup. I am confident he can win games. Though Weeden behind a very good OL might surprise many of us.

  • [email protected]

    I wouldn’t cut him because I for one would tell him that he eithers show up to OTA’S and to the mini-camps and training camp. And if he doesn’t I’d start fining him so much a day that he would wish he did show up or them the Cowboys that he is retiring and bring a check for $3 million dollars.

  • Sergio Surroco

    No we cant cut Orton thats what he wants.. And 3million may be like 100$ to jerry but thats good money that we desperately need on our salary cap..remember tyron smith and dez bryant.. Pay the men

  • Kyle Koelling

    Jerry didn’t get rich by giving money away… No way should they let him walk without proper compensation!

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article from a writer who tells it like it is. I posted on a previous article that the Cowboys should immediately let him go. They don’t need the distraction. I have a hunch Orton never grew up.

  • keepingitrealindallas k

    Cowboys must cut ties with Orton!

    You think!!! LOL! That’s not rocket science. Cowboys please let this clown go. I’m trying to figure out why you want a quarterback that doesn’t wanna play football especially if his heart isn’t it. If he’s okay with the last remembrances of him in a Dallas Cowboys uniform and potentially as an NFL quarterback being the quarterback that threw the game losing interception that cost the Dallas Cowboys the NFC East Title and a chance at the playoffs, let the looser go. He was a mediocre starter and average backup quarterback. Good Riddance!

    • Earl Robertson

      Exactly the dude did nothing but lose a game however I want Dallas to handle this in a way that sends the right message and I am not sure what that is

      • keepingitrealindallas k

        Exactly he did throw the game losing interception that sent Dallas home against Phila costing Dallas the NFC East Title and a chance at the playoffs yes he did.

  • Rob Norvell

    This is a bad idea for one reason; the salaty cap. If we cut him we just loae yhe $3M. If we wait it out like reasonable people then either we have him for the season OR he has to pay back $3M of his bonus and that goes straight to our cap. That wouls give us cash for another free agent Dlineman or to a long term contract on one Dez Bryant. Cutting him would be foolish. Dont pay him any extra and just lwt him decide his own fate. He hasnt done anything wrong thus far.

  • Greg Hill

    So far all that he has missed are voluntary activities. Is he the only one missing that is under contract? I doubt it. Why then is he being singled out for harassment? As long as he meets the conditions of his contract everyone should get off his back regardless of his ability and team worth. If you were in his shoes isn’t that how you would expect to be treated?

  • fancypants

    kyle left 2013 as a starting QB and he should enter 2014 as a starting QB. This back and forth to the bench would tick me off to the point where I would retire too! At least he’s not being benched for tebow this time or hanie for that matter.

  • DFWJC

    It’s not the cash, it’s the CAP