The Dallas Cowboys want Kyle Orton to return for the 2014 season but the backup signal caller reportedly wants to retire.
Orton, 31, is owed $3 million should he choose to play this season. If he sits out he would lose out on that money and be forced to pay the team back $3 million of a $5 million signing bonus he received in 2012.
Discussed #Cowboys backup QB situation on Total Access. Where it stands: Kyle Orton has told them he wants to retire. They don’t want him to
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 23, 2014
The Cowboys think highly of Orton and rightfully so as he is one of the NFL’s best backups. Should he choose to retire the team would be left with Brandon Weeden behind Tony Romo.
A season ago Orton started the Cowboys season finale against Philadelphia in place of an injured Romo. He finished the 2013 season completing 64.7-percent of his passes for 398 yards two touchdowns and two interceptions.
While there has been a lot of questions regarding the future of Orton, no one seems to know why he wants to walk away from the NFL.