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Cowboys release Kyle Orton. Is he retiring? Or looking for a new gig?

Published: July 17, 2014, 5:00 am, by David Ramsey

KYLE THE VILEORTON, back when he was an average QB for the Broncos

Some experts believe Kyle Orton wants to retire.

Others believe he’s looking for a new NFL gig.

I believe he’s one of those common creatures in the NFL:

A starting quarterback who is not quite talented enough to start at quarterback in the NFL. Mediocre would be high praise for Orton, who might not reach quite that high a level.

Orton was scheduled to earn $3.25 million this season for the Cowboys. He’s only 31, but he’s offered hints he wants to walk away from his huge paycheck and begin retirement. This is the path Jake Plummer took a few years ago. The Snake now enjoys a peaceful retirement with his former Bronco cheerleader wife near Boulder.

Orton threw for 15,019 yards with 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions in 75 career games for Chicago (2005-08), Denver (2009-11), Kansas City (2011) and Dallas (2012-13). He was 35-35 as a starter, only one of those coming with the Cowboys.

35-35. That’s average. Mediocre, you might say.