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Fantasy Update

Jul 15, 2014
Cowboys released QB Kyle Orton.

Dallas Cowboys fill Kyle Orton’s roster spot by signing free agent tight end Dallas Walker

The Dallas Cowboys filled Kyle Orton’s roster spot Thursday by signing free agent tight end Dallas Walker, according to the team’s official website. Orton, the team’s backup quarterback the previous two seasons, was officially released Wednesday. Sports agent Angelo Wright

Orton move could aid Smith, Bryant deals

IRVING, Texas -- As of July 6, the Dallas Cowboys had $8.021 million in salary-cap space, according to ESPN Stats & Information. With the release of Kyle Orton, that figure should be closer to $10.7 million. The Cowboys gained $2.707 million in cap space by cutting Orton after calculating the $3.25 million savings, minus Joseph Randle's $542,220 base salary now that he moves into the top 51 contracts that currently count against the cap. As we’ve talked about before, cap space is always a moving target because the current figures do not include the top 53 contracts, which will count by...

Dallas Cowboys release Kyle Orton; move adds $2.2 million of dead money to 2015 salary cap

The Dallas Cowboys made it official Wednesday. They have released Kyle Orton. Orton, who signed with the Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent in 2012, had one year left on his three-year, $10.5 million contract. His next step could be …
Denver Post Jul 16, 2014

AP source: Cowboys releasing backup QB Kyle Orton

The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Kyle Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports he was considering retirement.
Blogging The Boys Jul 16, 2014
Cowboys News: Orton Is History, And Doom And Gloom Are In The Forecast

Cowboys News: Orton Is History, And Doom And Gloom Are In The Forecast

Dallas gets one training camp distraction out of the way. We'll miss you, Cap'n Neckbeard. Not. Sometimes in doing news links for the Cowboys, I'm not sure what I should lead with. Today is not one of those days. Reports: Cowboys Set To Release QB Orton - Blogging The Boys I approve this message. Given that Kyle Orton would likely have shown up for camp out of shape just to protect his income and would have been a huge and distracting story, this is certainly for the best. Timing of Kyle Orton's release a surprise - Dallas Cowboys Blog - ESPN The release does raise the question: Why now?...
Cowboys to cut holdout quarterback Kyle Orton

Cowboys to cut holdout quarterback Kyle Orton

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Timing of Kyle Orton's release a surprise

IRVING, Texas -- Even though Kyle Orton skipped the offseason program, the Dallas Cowboys believed he would eventually show up for the June minicamp. When he failed to show up for the minicamp, Jason Garrett spoke optimistically that the backup quarterback would show up for training camp. On Tuesday, the Cowboys decided to release Orton. For all of the threats of coming after his signing bonus money if Orton retired, which could have been up to $3.
Blogging The Boys Jul 15, 2014

Reports: Cowboys Set To Release QB Orton

In the conclusion to a saga that extended throughout the off-season, the Cowboys finally made a move with back up QB Kyle Orton. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to break the news Tuesday afternoon. Dallas Cowboys are releasing QB Kyle Orton, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2014 Which was followed shortly by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, both confirming the initial report. #Cowboys have informed QB Kyle Orton he’ll be released, per source. They knew Orton was serious. Now he keeps his signing bonus. — Ian...
Bleeding Green Nation Jul 15, 2014
Dallas Cowboys release Kyle Orton

Dallas Cowboys release Kyle Orton

Thanks for the memory. According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys have released backup quarterback Kyle Orton. You may recognize Orton as the Dave Grohl look alike quarterback that filled in for starter Tony Romo during the Cowboys Week 17 finale against the Philadelphia Eagles for the possession of first place in the NFC East. Orton, one of the better backups in the NFL, looked competent and even had the Cowboys in a position to win. That is, until a mistimed pass targeted for Miles Austin landed straight in the hands of Eagles slot cornerback Brandon Boykin. Let's relive...
KFFL Jul 15, 2014

Cowboys | Kyle Orton release adds cap room

The Dallas Cowboys' release of ...

Training camp battles: Backup quarterback

With the start of training camp coming next week, we review the five biggest position battles with the Dallas Cowboys. Backup quarterback The favorite: Kyle Orton The contenders: Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie Outlook: Orton missed the entire offseason contemplating retirement. The Cowboys took a wait-and-see approach with Orton, with coach Jason Garrett citing the collective bargaining agreement, to deal with the veteran. The status of this position is unsettled because while Orton is 35-35 as a starter, he’s still one of the better backups in the NFL.

Hanie benefited from Orton's absence, too

IRVING, Texas – Most of the time when Kyle Orton’s absence was discussed in the offseason, Brandon Weeden was mentioned as the biggest beneficiary. While true, Caleb Hanie also benefited. With Orton staying away, the Dallas Cowboys had to sign Hanie, a Forney, Texas, native. With Orton skipping all of the organized team activities and mandatory June minicamp and Tony Romo staying out of competitive drills, Hanie took most of the backup snaps behind Weeden.

Brandon Weeden takes over as back QB

The backup quarterback, or who we think should be the backup quarterback for Dallas Cowboys is missing. Kyle Orton is thinking of retirement. Team officials anticipated Orton coming to the voluntary offseason workouts. Didn't happen. Then team officials said Orton was expected to show up for the mandatory three-day minicamp last week. Didn't happen. Coach Jason Garrett, who shares the same agent as Orton, anticipates him coming to training camp in late July.

Random thoughts: Orton and Spencer

With training camp five weeks away, we have some random thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys don't seem to be winners in the Kyle Orton holdout. The backup quarterback has missed all the offseason workouts, including the mandatory sessions from last week. Orton is thinking of retirement and the team wants him to stay. Coach Jason Garrett compared Orton's situation to that of wide receiver Cole Beasley, who took a few days off from training camp a few years ago pondering his own journey in the NFL.

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