The Dallas Cowboys are not quite at the point where they need to start giving up on backup quarterback Kyle Orton, but as the days pass by and there’s still no sight of him, it becomes harder to rely on him for the upcoming season. Here’s the latest update on the Orton front according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas:
“Orton is a valued player on the roster, yet his lack of commitment to the 2014 season has raised doubts about whether he’s worth keeping around.
Cowboys officials will do what they can, meaning fine Orton based on the terms of the collective bargaining agreement. If Orton files retirement paperwork with the league, the Cowboys could ask for signing bonus money back ($3.4 million).”
“We’ll make contact with him and his representatives and we anticipate him being at training camp,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Communication is a big part of that situation and trying to understand why he wasn’t here and taking the necessary steps you try and look at a guy’s body of work.”
I don’t know about you, but Dallas needs to stop sitting on their hands and be proactive about the situation. That’s where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come in.
If you look at their roster, the Bucs have their starting quarterback in Josh McCown. He’s new head coach Lovie Smith’s guy and so last regime’s guy, Mike Glennon, is available, no matter what anyone says. So why doesn’t Dallas make a play for him?
Glennon threw for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns with only 9 interceptions in 13 games. He’s going no his second season so he’s young, he’s accurate, he can make all the throws he needs to, and he’s still growing in the NFL. All-in-all he would solve two problems. He would provide a much better backup option than anyone on Dallas’ roster, and he could be the eventual replacement for Tony Romo.
With Romo’s advancing age it’s most likely he will miss some time next season and beyond. Nothing is set in stone, of course, but do you really want to bank on Cleveland reject Brandon Weeden. I know I’d sleep a lot better at night if Glennon was the No. 2 quaterback. Wouldn’t you?