Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has spoken to backup quarterback Kyle Orton, but if that conversation contained any hint as to what Orton is thinking, Garrett didn’t pass it along when he spoke to reporters on Tuesday.
Rather, Garrett wants to keep the focus on the players who are present at Valley Ranch.
“We had a good conversation. We’ll keep that to ourselves,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “Again, we think as an organization we anticipate all our players who are under contract and on our roster to be here at a mandatory minicamp. He’s not. We’ve focused our attention on the guys who are here and handle his situation accordingly.”
Orton, of course, is considering retirement. He has yet to say anything publicly about it, but reportedly told the Cowboys of his wishes to walk away from the game. The team wants him to play out his contract, which runs through next season, however.
At this point, it sounds like Garrett is at a lost. He repeatedly said that he expected Orton to be present for mandatory minicamp this offseason and, since he’s not, Garrett doesn’t sound terribly optimistic that he’ll change his mind before the opening of training camp next month.
"You probably should ask him that question if you get an opportunity to do that," Garrett said. "From my perspective, we’re going to coach the players who are here and focus on doing that and really build a good foundation for our football team and we’re not going to let the actions of one player distract us from what we’re trying to get accomplished with the guys who are here."
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