Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

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June 27, 2014

Morgan: Red cards for all

(Continued)

Corsicana —

What’s wrong with Kyle Orton? You had to think something was odd when he chose the Cowboys in free agency. Everyone knew Tony Romo was the Cowboys starter. He signed knowing he was a backup even though several other teams courted him as a starter. A lot of free agent quarterbacks sign with teams knowing they will be second string, but usually they have no other options. Orton had options. 
Orton is a good quarterback. In the season finale, he performed well and gave our guys a chance to beat the dreaded and feared Eagles. Now, he doesn’t want to play anymore. The problem is if he retires he will have to pay back $3 million of his signing bonus. If the Cowboys release him he doesn’t. He hasn’t shown up for the optional off season program and was fined for failure to appear at the required OTAs.
In the first place, he’s made a few million for carrying a clipboard the past two seasons. If he carries one this year, he can keep the $3 million. I suppose the problem this season is Romo’s back surgery. Perhaps there is too much chance he’d actually have to play. 
If I were a Vegas bookie, I’d have to put the odds on Jerry not releasing him. It’s the proverbial game of chicken. Orton is betting on Jerry needing the roster spot and eventually cutting him. Jerry is counting on Orton’s fines adding up to the point where he will figure out is just as cheap to retire. In Orton’s case, I don’t see it as much as a chicken game as chicken poop. (We can only wish Jerry’s biggest concern was a backup QB, huh?)
Boy, and I had so much material for a World Cup column. I had everything from biting Uruguayans to games with no clock to end them. 
Unfortunately, I had to red card Raymond for what he did to the soccer moms of Corsicana. If only Bob, Dick or I had penned that column ...

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