Kyle Orton Joins Dallas Cowboys On 3-Year Deal

The Dallas Cowboys have a new quarterback. Actually, a new backup quarterback. ESPN reports that the Cowboys have signed free agent Kyle Orton to a three-year contract. This will make him the primary backup to Tony Romo.

That the Cowboys were interested shouldn't be a big surprise. They were one of the teams that issued a waiver wire claim on him last year when the Denver Broncos waived him.

Orton is a high-end backup, low-end starter in this league. He has the tools to step in and contribute quickly from a backup position but he's probably not the guy you want as your No. 1 quarterback. He performed well in his final three starts of the 2011 season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Orton was also drawing interest from the Chiefs and Washington Redskins.

For more on the Dallas Cowboys, visit SB Nation's Cowboys blog Blogging The Boys and SB Nation Dallas.

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