IRVING, Texas — The Kyle Orton Watch will have to continue for the Dallas Cowboys.While coach Jason Garrett said more than a few times that he anticipated Orton would attend this week’s mandatory minicamp, the backup quarterback did not show up for Monday’s physical, according to multiple sources. And league sources have told ESPN’s Ed Werder that some in the Cowboys organization no longer expect Orton to report to the team’s mandatory minicamp, which starts Tuesday. By missing the physical, Orton is subject to a $10,930 fine. If he does not show up Tuesday, he would face a fine of $11,575. If he misses all three days of the minicamp, the maximum fine is $69,455.
Orton’s agent, David Dunn, could not be reached for comment. If he decides to play, Orton’s base salary will already be docked $75,000 because of a de-escalator in his contract for missing too many workouts. Orton, 32, has been weighing whether he wants to continue playing. He started the Week 17 finale against the Philadelphia Eagles and completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards, two touchdowns and had two interceptions in the Cowboys’ 24-22 loss. If he decides to retire, Orton would be forced to repay $3.4 million of his signing bonus, which he received in 2011 and 2013. He received a $5 million signing bonus in 2012, and the team converted $510,000 of his $1.35 million base salary in 2013 into a signing bonus for cap relief.
Not to be the crazy mom who loses her kid in the store for 2 seconds and freaks the fuck out but ummmm, WHERE THE FUCK IS KYLE ORTON?!?!? No way he is holding out right? And no way he is retiring (I’m repeating this to myself over and over until it’s true). So where is he? I think we’ve lost Kyle Orton and I’ll be perfectly honest with everyone I can not have an NFL season without at least the threat of the neck beard. I’m not saying he needs to start and play, I’m just saying he needs to be around. His presence, his smell. Just the thought that an injury here and an injury there and BOOM Kyle Orton and his quick release and 5 weeks of Heisman Trophy Candidacy and 2008 Chicago Bears Offensive Player of the year award and hard partying gun slinging body is back in the mix. I need that, we all need that. So someone please find Kyle, that was not a request, that was a demand.