FILE - In this Monday Oct. 1, 2012 file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Tony Romo (9) and Kyle Orton (18) sit on the bench during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Arlington, Texas. The Dallas Cowboys are releasing Kyle Orton after their backup quarterback missed all the offseason workouts amid reports that he was considering retirement, Tuesday, July 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Sharon Ellman, File)
NFL: Dallas Cowboys release backup QB Kyle Orton
The Associated Press
First Published Jul 16 2014 09:53 am • Last Updated Jul 17 2014 04:43 pm
Irving, Texas • Quarterback Kyle Orton has been released by the Dallas Cowboys.
The expected move Wednesday came after Tony Romo’s backup skipped all the offseason workouts amid reports Orton was considering retirement.
The Cowboys report to training camp in California next week.
Orton was fined about $70,000 for failing to report during the offseason and missing the mandatory minicamp in June. The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons.
Brandon Weeden takes over as Romo’s backup. Weeden, Cleveland’s first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo continued his recovery from back surgery.
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