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June 12, 2014

Jason Garrett expects to speak with Kyle Orton soon

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he anticipates having a conversation with backup quarterback Kyle Orton before next week's mandatory minicamp.

"I haven’t spoken with him directly," Garrett said Thursday. "I'm trying to get with him. He’s trying to get with me. And hopefully we have a good conversation."

Garrett and Orton share the same agent, David Dunn.

While saying they anticipate Orton taking part in the three-day minicamp, the Cowboys don't know for certain that the backup quarterback will show. He faces daily fines, which would total $69,455 for the three days.

Orton, 31, has skipped the voluntary off-season program, including the 10 days of organized team activities while contemplating his future. He would have to repay the Cowboys $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus if he retires. He is scheduled to make $3.25 million this season.

New playcaller Scott Linehan said Tuesday that Orton does not have a copy of the team's playbook.

The Cowboys signed Brandon Weeden as a backup plan in March. He has been taking first-team reps in the OTAs with starter Tony Romo still recovering from the back surgery he underwent in December.

-- Charean Williams


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