DALLAS - Former Broncos Quarterback Kyle Orton has been released by the Dallas Cowboys. He had skipped all of the offseason workouts amid reports he might retire.
The move saves Dallas about $3.25 million this season, but will cost the team about that amount on the salary cap over the next two seasons.
Former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden will take over as Tony Romo's backup. Weeden, Cleveland's first-round draft pick in 2012, signed with the Cowboys in March and worked with the first team during the offseason while Romo continued his recovery from back surgery.
The Broncos waived Orton in 2011 after three years with the team. He was replaced by Tim Tebow for the final three games of the season in 2010, but reclaimed the starting quarterback job in 2011. Orton started five games before being replaced by Tebow once again.