Cowboys Can’t Be Played By Kyle Orton
For whatever the reason, Kyle Orton has chosen not to be part of the Dallas Cowboys this off-season. Rumors remain that he wants to retire but the team would like him to play out his contract, which has one more year left.
Then there are the people who believe that Dallas should just release the back-up quarterback and cut their losses. Their thought process is that if Orton doesn’t want to play, then the team shouldn’t bother begging him to stick around.
That thinking is ludicrous.
Under no circumstances should the Cowboys just cut Orton and allow him to keep their money and affect the salary cap going forward. Jerry Jones was played by Jay (Jeremiah) Ratliff last season and has routinely thrown away money because of bad contracts in the past five years; there is no need to do so again. The Cowboys have begun to recoup some of the money Orton is owed by fining him because of missed mandatory practices and they should continue that practice as long as the quarterback stays away.
If Kyle Orton is serious about retiring, then he should do so and end the charade. Trying to hold out on announcing his retirement in order to keep the $3 million in bonus money he’s owed from the Cowboys is as selfish as it gets. Getting paid for doing nothing is just like stealing and Orton would not only be taking money from Dallas this season, but also from next year’s cap. Jones cannot allow that to happen.
The fair thing to do, if Orton does want to retire, is to inform the team he has no interest in playing anymore and give back that portion of his signing bonus. The Cowboys could use that extra cap space going forward and should not be forced to cave into the demands from someone who doesn’t want to be part of the team.
Until the Cowboys hear anything official, they should continue to fine Orton and force him to make a decision. Dallas seems to feel comfortable with what they’ve seen from Brandon Weeden thus far so there is no need to rush a decision on what to do about Orton’s status.
The time for players taking Jerry Jones’ money and doing nothing to earn it should stop now. At some point precedence must be set to let other players know that Jones is no longer giving out handouts. Orton should be a man and make a decision, not the other way around.
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