PRO: The Dallas Cowboys landed a quality and experienced veteran quarterback when they signed unrestricted free agent Kyle Orton to backup Tony Romo. Orton, originally drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, has started 69 of the 71 games he played and owns a 35-34 record. For his career, he has completed 1,284-of-2,204 passes for 14,532 yards with 80 touchdowns and 57 interceptions. Orton was thrust into the starting role as a rookie, and responded with nine wins in his first 12 games, finishing the season 10-5. His 10 wins as a rookie were the most by a rookie drafted in the fourth round-or-later since the common draft was instituted in 1967. His 10 wins that season were also the second-most by a rookie over that same span. Only Ben Roethlisberger - 13 wins in 2004 as a rookie - had more. In Dallas, Orton is reunited with Wade Wilson, who coached Orton for his first three pro seasons.
4/14/12: Signed with Dallas as an unrestricted free agent from Kansas City.
11/22/11: Waived by Denver and claimed by Kansas City (11/23).
4/2/09: Traded to Denver.
4/24/05: Drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) by Chicago.
2011 (Denver/Kansas City):
• Started the season with Denver, and in five starts in the first five games, completed 91-of-151 passes for 979 yards with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• Was active but did not play the next five games prior to being waived on Nov. 22.
• Was claimed off waivers by Kansas City on Nov. 23 and played in four of the remaining six games with three starts.
• Finished the Chiefs season completing 59-of-97 passes for 779 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.
• In Denver’s season opener against Oakland (9/12), threw for a season-best 304 yards on a season-high 46 attempts, completing a season-high tying 24 passes with a touchdown.
• Had a season-best three touchdown passes at Green Bay (10/2).
• In his Kansas City debut, attempted just one pass that was incomplete at Chicago (12/4).
• Made his first start in Kansas City against Green Bay (12/18) and completed 23-of-31 passes for 299 yards in a win.
• Was 21-of-36 for 300 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions against Oakland (12/24) then won the season finale going 15-of-29 for 180 yards.
• Started all 13 games he played and served as the team’s third quarterback for the remaining three games and finished the year with 3,653 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 296-of-498 passes.
• Added 22 runs for 98 yards.
• Against Indianapolis (9/26) set career-highs for attempts (57), completions (37) and passing yards (476) in a 27-13 losing effort.
• Threw a career-best four touchdown passes against Kansas City (11/14).
• Was traded to Denver along with a 2009 fifth round pick (Johnny Knox) in exchange for Jay Cutler, a 2009 first round pick (Robert Ayers), a 2010 first round pick (traded to San Francisco) and a third round pick (traded to Pittsburgh).
• In his first season with the Broncos, had 15 starts in 16 games played and completed 336-of-541 passes for a career-high 3,802 yards with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
• In his Denver debut, completed 17-of-28 passes for 243 yards with one touchdown at Cincinnati (9/13).
• Tied his then career-high with three touchdown passes at Philadelphia (12/27) then set a then career-high with 431 yards on a then career-high 56 attempts in the season finale against Kansas City (1/3/10).
• Started 15 games and completed 272-of-465 passes for 2,972 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while rushing 24 times for 49 yards with three touchdowns.
• Opened the season with a win at Indianapolis (9/7) by throwing for 150 yards on 13-of-21 passing.
• Threw for a then career-best three touchdowns against Philadelphia (9/28) then had another then career-high with 334 passing yards at Detroit (10/5).
• Scored rushing touchdowns against Detroit (11/2), New Orleans (12/11) and at Houston (12/28).
• Played and started only three games, was active but did not play one and was the club’s third quarterback for the remaining 12 games and completed 43-of-80 passes for 478 yards with three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions on the season.
• In his season debut at Minnesota (12/17), was 22-of-38 for 184 yards with an interception.
• Won games against Green Bay (12/23) and New Orleans (12/30), throwing for a combined 294 yards, three touchdowns and an interception on 21-of-42 passes.
• Served as the Bears third quarterback in all 16 regular season games and the club’s three playoff games.
• Was drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) and started 15 games, helping lead the Bears to a 10-5 record in those games.
• As a rookie, completed 190-of-368 passes for 1,869 yards with nine touchdowns and 13 interceptions while adding 44 yards on 24 rushes.
• Made his first career start in the season opener at Washington (9/11) and completed 15-of-28 passes for 141 yards and an interception.
• Had his first career touchdown pass the next week against Detroit (9/18) and completed 14-of-21 passes for 150 yards.
• Suffered a career-high five interceptions against Cincinnati (9/25.
• Had a season-high two touchdown throws against Minnesota (10/16) then had a season-high 230 passing yards at Detroit (10/30).
• Played in 44 games with 35 starts at Purdue and completed 786-of-1,336 passes for 9,337 yards, 63 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.
• Finished career third in school history in passing yards - fourth in Big Ten Conference history - touchdowns and completion percentage (58.8).
• As a senior, played in 11 games with 11 starts and completed 236-of-389 passes for a career-high 3,090 yards with 31 touchdowns and five interceptions
• Established a school record with 503 passing yards against Indiana.
• Started all 13 games as a junior passing for 2,885 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 251-of-414 passes.
• With nine starts in 13 games played as a sophomore, was true on 192-of-317 passes for 2,257 yards with 13 scores and nine picks.
• As a true freshman, started three-of-seven games and connected on 107-of-216 passes for 1,105 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions.
• Was ranked the second-best quarterback in the nation by SuperPrep at Southeast Polk High School in Runnels, Iowa.
• Through his prep career, completed 208-of-450 passes for 3,176 yards with 24 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
• Earned honorable mention all-state and first-team all-conference as a senior while also lettering in basketball, tennis and track.
• He and his wife, Bridget, have a daughter.
• Participated in various community events while with the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears.• 2012 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.