Dallas Cowboys release Kyle Orton

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks for the memory.

According to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter, the Dallas Cowboys have released backup quarterback Kyle Orton.

You may recognize Orton as the Dave Grohl look alike quarterback that filled in for starter Tony Romo during the Cowboys Week 17 finale against the Philadelphia Eagles for the possession of first place in the NFC East. Orton, one of the better backups in the NFL, looked competent and even had the Cowboys in a position to win. That is, until a mistimed pass targeted for Miles Austin landed straight in the hands of Eagles slot cornerback Brandon Boykin. Let's relive that moment (h/t @FlyEaglesNation)

Glorious. And while I have your attention...

Great stuff. Oh and...

Nice.

The Cowboys were basically hoping Orton, who skipped the team's veteran minicamp, would retire. In that case Orton would have owed them back $3 million of his $5 million signing bonus. But now that he's been cut, Orton gets to keep the money. And now the Cowboys have to roll with Brandon Weeden, who is likely a downgrade from Orton, as their backup quarterback to starter Tony Romo. The 34-year-old Romo, by the way, is coming off a major back injury that ended his 2013 season early (as noted earlier).

Good times.

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