Cowboys don't want ex-Bear Kyle Orton to retire

Cowboys don't want ex-Bear Kyle Orton to retire
May 23, 2014, 11:30 am
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Scott Krinch

Kyle Orton wants to ride off into the sunset.

However, the Dallas Cowboys aren't ready to let Orton walk away from the game of football.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Orton has let the team know he wants to retire, but the Cowboys don't want him to. The two sides are now in a standoff.

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The 31-year-old Orton is due to make $3.25 million if plays for the Cowboys during the 2014 season. If Orton does elect to retire, the Cowboys will force force him to pay back $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus.

For a guy that's only thrown 61 passes over the last two seasons, it seems insane that he would be willing to walk away from such a large sum of money.

The Cowboys expect Orton to play in 2014, but they do have insurance if he doesn't show up to training camp. Former first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns, Brandon Weeden, is currently projected to be the No. 3 quarterback in Dallas, and the team also has another ex-Bear in Caleb Hanie on their roster.

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Dallas originally signed Orton to a three-year, $10.5 million contract in March of 2012 to be Tony Romo's primary backup. Orton played sparingly during his first two seasons, but was forced to start in the Cowboys' biggest game of the season in 2013 after Romo underwent back surgery. With a playoff spot on the line in Week 17 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Orton passed for 358 yards and two touchdowns, but threw a season-ending interception on the Cowboys' last drive that sealed a 24-22 victory for the Eagles.

Another reason why it's mind-boggling Orton would want to retire this early in his career.