Cowboys cutting Kyle Orton

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The Dallas Cowboys are going to cut backup quarterback Kyle Orton as soon as Wednesday.

Orton has been absent from the offseason program and practices while contemplating retirement since last season.

Orton, 31, will be replaced as the backup to Tony Romo by Brandon Weeden.

Financially. the Cowboys save $3.25 million by subtracting Orton's salary. Cutting him adds $1.1275 million in dead money this year and $2.255 million in dead money in 2015.

In the Cowboys' final game last season when Romo hurt his back, Orton completed 33 of 51 passes for 398 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

For his career, Orton was a solid player. He passed for 15,019 yards, 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions, going 35-35 as a starter.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

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