It looks like the prolonged standoff between the Dallas Cowboys and AWOL backup quarterback Kyle Orton is coming to an end.
Citing an unnamed source, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Cowboys will release Orton.
Shortly after the 2013 season ended, reports that Orton was considering retirement began to surface and, earlier this offseason, he told the team he intended to retire. But the team didn’t seem to want to let him go.
Orton didn’t show up for any offseason activities or the mandatory veteran minicamp, but the Cowboys’ public stance--that they “expected” Orton to attend training camp--never changed.
The 31-year-old Orton had one year left on a three-year deal with Dallas. With him gone, former Browns first round pick Brandon Weeden will begin training camp next week as the Cowboys’ No. 2 quarterback, behind Tony Romo.
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