Coach Jason Garrett has preached all season about doing whatever it takes to improve the Cowboys.
That attitude clearly prompted the team’s decision to put in a waiver claim on veteran quarterback Kyle Orton, according to a source.
Orton, who was released on Tuesday by Denver Broncos, was awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs (4-6) because they have a worse record. The Bears (7-3) also put in a claim in addition to the Cowboys (6-4), whose interest was three-fold, a source said.
The Cowboys would have had to pay roughly $2.6 million to Orton if they would have gotten off him waivers
It certainly points to some concern about the availability of veteran backup quarterback John Kitna who missed the Redskins game with a back injury. He has already been ruled out of the Dolphins game and there is no timetable for his return.
Third-string quarterback Stephen McGee will be starter Tony Romo’s primary backup against the Dolphins.
The interest in Orton also had a little do with playing defense against the Bears, who are without starting quarterback Jay Cutler for the rest of regular season and are one of the Cowboys main competitors for a possible wild card spot.
Because Orton is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season, the Cowboys could have possibly received a high compensatory pick in 2013 if he signed with another team.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.