Cowboys want Kyle Orton to play, but he's ready to walk away from $3 million

Cowboys want Kyle Orton to play, but he's ready to walk away from $3 million

Kyle Orton, who is due to make $3.25 million this season, doesn't want to play. The Dallas Cowboys, who would have to pay him said funds, are begging him to reconsider.

This is a backup quarterback, we remind you. So that's a new one.'s Ian Rapoport is reporting is that Orton apparently is done with football and isn't showing up to OTAs, but if he does in fact retire, he'd be forced to pay back $3 million of the $5 million in signing bonus money he collected two years ago as part of a five-year deal. He'd also be giving up on that $3.25 million base salary.

When last we saw Orton, he was nobly guiding the Cowboys after replacing an injured Tony Romo in a Week 17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles with an NFC East crown at hand. Although the Cowboys lost and Orton missed a few throws he probably should have made, he completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Romo might say he has five years left in the NFL, but the Cowboys know that isn't likely to mean five complete years. He has missed time in three of the past six seasons.

Bottom line: If Orton wants to retire, he'll do it. He just will have to write Jerry Jones a sizeable check to be able to do so. Isn't that kind of the opposite of a nest egg?

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!