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March 14, 2014

Cowboys still don't know Kyle Orton's future, but they are showing interest in Brandon Weeden

The Cowboys have interest in quarterback Brandon Weeden, according to sources, and their interest might not be tied to Kyle Orton's future.

The Cowboys expect a decision on Orton soon. He was wavering on whether to return, but the Cowboys believe it's unlikely he retires because he would have to repay $3 million from a renegotiated contract last year. He is due $3.25 million in base salary this year.

Orton, 31, played in the regular-season finale against the Eagles after Tony Romo had back surgery and completed 30 of 46 passes for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He has played in four games, with one start, in two seasons in Dallas.

The Cowboys have not carried three quarterbacks on their 53-player roster since 2011 when Stephen McGee served as a develomental prospect after the Cowboys made him a fourth-round pick in the 2009 draft.

But they have liked Weeden since the Browns made him the No. 22 overall pick in 2012. He is 30, but he has played only two seasons, with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

-- Charean Williams

 

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