Kyle Orton has yet to participate in any of the Cowboys’ voluntary offseason workouts, and while the team has downplayed the signal-caller’s absence, Orton is still contemplating the possibility of retiring, says Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter links). According to Rapoport, the veteran quarterback has told the Cowboys he wants to call it a career, but the team wants to keep him around and would look to recoup $3MM in signing bonus money if he retired. So for now, the two sides are in a standoff.
When Orton signed for five years with the Cowboys in 2012, the deal included a $5MM signing bonus prorated over the length of the contract, which is why Dallas would be seeking $3MM from the 31-year-old. In addition to repaying that $3MM, Orton would also give up a $3.25MM base salary for 2014, so retirement would be a costly decision.