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Kyle Orton Signs Three-Year Contract With Dallas Cowboys

Peyton Manning was the wish list. Kyle Orton was the realistic fall back option. Now apparently the Chiefs have struck out on both counts. Adam Schefter is reporting that quarterback Kyle Orton has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys that will basically make him a younger version of Jon Kitna in backing up Tony Romo. So much for that starting spot.

For the Chiefs, the team must now look elsewhere if the front office is serious about bringing in competition for Matt Cassel. Jason Campbell is already signed and Chad Henne is visiting with the Jaguars and Seahawks so far. In short, the quarterback market is shrinking faster than some predicted. For now, it’s Cassel and Stanzi which is exactly how it was a few months ago minus Tyler Palko. In short, not good.

Orton brings a solid back-up quarterback presence to a team that needs it since Romo has given Kitna plenty of playing time in the last few seasons. He also might join Brandon Carr as former Chiefs headed to play for Jerry Jones.