Veteran NFL quarterback Kyle Orton was so sick and tired of the NFL that he retired long enough to make sure he missed offseason workouts, offseason practices, minicamp and training camp. Only then did his unbridled love for the game bring him back in time to make sure he did not miss the checks of Week 1.
The former Cowboys backup quarterback signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Bills that could pay him $5 million in the first year. He signed to backup to 2013 first round pick E.J. Manuel.
That's right - a backup quarterback preferred the Buffalo Bills over the Dallas Cowboys. Face, meet slap.
Here is a picture from the #BuffaloBills capturing Orton at what he loves doing more than anything else the NFL has to offer - signing contracts.
This is some of the most brilliant money management ever recorded.
In 2012, Orton signed a three-year, $10.5 million deal with the Cowboys, which included a $5 million bonus.
In two seasons with the team, Orton started one game and attempted a total of 61 passes. His one start was the regular-season finale against the Eagles in 2013 where he threw for 358 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The Cowboys had a chance to win the game late, but Orton's pick sealed another 8-8, playoff-less season.
After the season, Orton reportedly was going to retire. The Cowboys said fine, just be sure to return $3.4 million of the bonus on your way out the door. Orton did not play, and was fined $70,000 for missing minicamp. No matter, the Cowboys eventually blinked and cut Orton to make room for Brandon Weeden.
Orton kept all of the money, and now he is making good money to watch E.J. Manuel play.
On his weekly radio appearance on New School on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he was not surprised Orton is still playing.
"Well, it really didn’t surprise me because right when we started to camp, Kyle basically came to Dallas and expressed interest in playing," Jerry said on the show. "We had decided to go in a different direction. We liked everything that Weeden was doing, so it gave us a good chance to take a player that’s got a chance to help us many years into the future and develop him as the second quarterback.
“We thought that getting Weeden some experience that you could have him where Kyle Orton is pretty quick. That’s not taking anything away from Kyle as much as it is giving Weeden a big plus.”
Brett Favre used to do this all the time, the difference being Favre actually played rather than watched the game. Only 31, Orton has had second thoughts about retiring as he has returned to the game he loves so much.
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