Like everyone at Valley Ranch it seems, Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach has no idea what Kyle Orton’s plans are for the 2014 season. But if he has any desire to return to the Cowboys, Staubach thinks he needs to hop on a plane and join his teammates for the offseason conditioning program, which kicked off a week and a half ago.
“I don’t know what’s going on there,” Staubach said of Orton, via the Dallas Morning News. “If Kyle wants to be with the Cowboys, he should be there. Anything can happen. Tony could get hurt again, and in the last game of the year Kyle did a good job. He should be looking at, ‘Hey, I might need to step in there if Tony’s back gets hurt early in the year.’ You need a backup quarterback who you can count on.”
Orton told team officials shortly after the 2013 season ended that he was contemplating retirement. He remains under contract through 2014, which would be his third season with Dallas, but the team has signed Caleb Hanie and Brandon Weeden this offseason just in case.
Even for a veteran like Orton, Staubach believes these offseason workouts can be important.
“So when you go to training camp you know your teammates really well,” Staubach said. “I don’t know what Kyle is thinking. Maybe he’s going to retire. We have to keep Tony Romo healthy all year.”
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