Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones wasn’t surprised when Kyle Orton signed with the Buffalo Bills over the weekend.
For those of us on the outside, it was pretty surprising, because we’d heard all offseason that Orton wanted to retire. But apparently, before he was finally released on July 15--after he had already missed all of the team’s offseason wrkouts and mini-camp--Orton told the team he had changed his mind.
By then, though, Dallas had Brandon Weeden penciled in as Tony Romo’s backup.
“It didn’t really surprise me because right at the end, right when we started to camp, Kyle basically came to Dallas and expressed an interest in playing,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “But we had decided to go in a different direction. We liked everything Weeden was doing, so it gave us a good chance to take a player that’s got a chance to help us many years into the future.
“We thought getting Weeden some experience, you could have him where Kyle Orton is pretty quick. That’s not taking anything away from Kyle Orton as much as it is giving Weeden a big plus.”
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