Kyle Orton to Dallas Cowboys: Deal Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction

John RozumCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Kyle Orton of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Dallas Cowboys have signed Kyle Orton:



Deal Analysis

Signing Orton to a three-year deal is a good move, because this provides the Cowboys with a guy who can quickly learn the system and then jump in whenever he's needed.

Considering how inconsistent and injury-prone Tony Romo can be at times, the dependability of Orton off the bench is crucial. Every team needs a franchise quarterback as well as a well-established backup and Big D finally got theirs.



Twitter Reaction

Kyle Orton to the Cowboys? Excuse me Jerry, I think you misunderstood. We need a corner back, not a quarter back.

— Chris Whitehead (@Misfit_Muggle) March 14, 2012


Kyle Orton is a Cowboy. Game on Romo.

— DJ Dilly (@iamdjdilly) March 14, 2012


So the Cowboys signed Kyle Orton huh? Hey Jerry as long as you know what you're doing I guess that's all that matters....

— Richard A. Cooper (@RichNice2k1) March 14, 2012


Congratulations Kyle Orton, you made it as a worldwide trending topic all by yourself!

— Steve Patterson (@PittBronco) March 14, 2012


Cowboys just picked up a solid backup QB, Kyle Orton. #diggin it

— Evan Berggren (@Bergs99) March 14, 2012



This is a great move by the Cowboys, as they do need someone who's more proven than Stephen McGee.

Also, Kyle Orton has proven to be reliable as a starter. With the Broncos in 2009, Orton threw for over 3,800 yards, which also included 21 touchdowns to just 12 interceptions. Plus, he finished with a 62.5 completion percentage and a 86.8 rating.

In 2010, Orton remained consistent by throwing for over 3,600 yards through 13 games, 20 touchdowns to only nine picks and a rating of 87.5.

He may not have the strongest arm or have any mobility, but Orton can be solid in the intermediate passing game, carrying out fakes to setup play-action and split zone coverages.

Plus, Dallas has a nice two-back tandem in DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones, so Orton has a ground game he can count on. Include receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, along with tight end Jason Witten and the Cowboys are set if Orton is given the green light.

Through the draft is where Dallas can spruce up the defense.


Grade: A


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