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Cowboys make it official, cut Kyle Orton

Quarterback released Aaron Wilson

Print This July 16, 2014, 11:29 AM EST

The Dallas Cowboys made it official, cutting former backup quarterback Kyle Orton today.

Orton was 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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