Cowboys assuming Kyle Orton will return next season

With Tony Romo undergoing back surgery and his status in question for the start of next season it is easy to understand why the Cowboys would want a veteran QB like Kyle Orton to be on the team in case of the worst case scenario for Romo.

Owner Jerry Jones said Sunday that the team has had some conversations with Orton’s agent, but that the veteran remains unsure about his plans for the season. Jones said he’s “assuming” that Orton will decide to return and collect his $3.25 million salary and that the Cowboys want him back even if their cap situation would be better if Orton retired.

“He hasn’t indicated that he has decided or not decided to play,” Jones said, via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News. “If he plays, we want him to play with the Cowboys. I could say to him directly the last time we were together made it very rewarding and worthwhile for you to be on the team, and I hope it was rewarding to you. I can say that…As I sit here today, we want him.”

Many believe that Romo will return 100% healthy, so I would also assume that Orton will return to make over $3 million to hold a clipboard. If the Cowboys are willing to take his cap hit I’d be surprised if he didn’t return.