by Aaron Wilson
June 18, 02014
The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Kyle Orton remain at an impasse.
Orton hasn't shown up for a mandatory minicamp and is contemplating retirement.
The Cowboys acquired Brandon Weeden this offseason as a potential backup to starter Tony Romo.
If Orton retires, though. he has to pay back $3.4 million of his signing bonus.
“Well, of course we were aware that he wasn’t going to be here, and we’re just handling all of our business with him the way the agreements call for,’’ Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “This is mandatory for him to be here and the consequences have been pre-negotiated when we did our contract. We have, the organization has, visited with his representation and so we’ll just kind of let it play out from there.’’
The Cowboys don't want to cut Orton and let him walk with the money.
So, it's a standoff
Orton shares the same agent, David Dunn, as coach Jason Garrett.
The Cowboys can fine Orton $69,455 for skipping the entire minicamp.
“All you can do is come to agreements and you will then deal with it as it comes,’’ Jones said. “But as far as what we’re doing out here right now, what we need to be doing as it impacts the year, we’ll see how it goes."
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun