Tony Romo is recovering from his second back surgery in as many years. The Dallas Cowboys are being cautious with Romo.
And the Cowboys have Brandon Weeden as his backup quarterback.
That is enough to let you know the Cowboys are in trouble if Kyle Orton decides to retire.
This is highly likely because Orton has not showed up to any volunteer camps this offseason. And he did not show up to the mandatory mini camp or take his mandatory physical.
The fact that he stands to lose 3.4 million dollars does not seem to faze him.
But it better faze the Cowboys because without Orton as the primary backup quarterback, the Cowboys are in trouble. That leaves the Cowboys with Weeden as the primary backup, along with Caleb Hanie and Dustin Vaughan.
I do not know about you, but that core of backups does not scare anyone if Romo is not able to play at the start of the season or if he gets hurt. Weeden was cut from Cleveland and the Cowboys are only paying him $570,000 if he makes the team!
If he makes the team?
Talk about confidence.
That alone lets you know the Cowboys do not have any faith in him. And that is why the Cowboys need to find Orton and do whatever it takes to bring him back.
Because Orton can play.
He is a bona fide backup more than capable of getting the job done.
Yes I remember the late game interception against the Eagles that cost the Cowboys the game and a chance to the playoffs. But he was efficient throughout the game and put the Cowboys in position to win the game.
Orton has proven he can play in the big games and lead a team. He is dependable.
But the same cannot be said of Weeden.