Is Kyle Orton the new Brett Favre? Perhaps, at least in the worst way.
Six weeks after having been cut by Dallas under the guise of retirement, Orton has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with Buffalo.
It's widely being reported as a one-year contract, but Tim Graham says Orton holds a hefty option for a second year.
Orton had been set to make $3.25M as Tony Romo's backup, but he skipped out on the Cowboys' offseason workouts and minicamps, while putting out word that he intended to retire.
He won that game of chicken, as Dallas released him in mid-July on the eve of training camp.
At that point, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested that Orton had no intention to hang 'em up.
Turns out that Jerrah was right, which makes it all the more puzzling that the team granted Orton his release.
While the move saved Dallas a chunk of cap space, they might have been able to recoup a significant portion of Orton's original signing bonus.
Instead, Kyle paid back nothing, and will now be peering over the shoulder of a struggling E.J. Manuel, who posted a subpar 73.1 QB rating this month.
We're typically of the belief that players should use all the leverage they can muster in a league where no contracts are guaranteed.
But Orton had no valid beef as far as salary goes.
He wasn't going to get cut, and while his deal technically ran through 2016, the last two years would have voided. Kyle was on the last year of a very fair deal.
Simply put, he weaseled his way out of Dallas.
On the other hand, the Cowboys sure could have done a better job of protecting their own interests there.
Orton took a shot at one of Favre's old tricks, and pulled it off.