ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed.
Orton was the last of Denver's 2011 quarterbacks to play in the NFL, backing up Tony Romo in Dallas over the last two seasons. Orton did not want to play football this season and told the Cowboys he was planning to retire. Dallas acted before Orton had a chance to retire, choosing to release the 31-year-old quarterback.
Brandon Weeden will now serve as the reserve QB in Dallas.
Orton, who was acquired by former head coach Josh McDaniels in 2009, began the 2011 season as the Broncos' starter. Under new head coach John Fox, Orton led Denver to a 1-4 start going into their bye week. During the bye, second-year QB Tim Tebow jumped Brady Quinn on the depth chart and started in Week 7 against the Miami Dolphins.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Central Penn Piranha managed to defeat the Albany Metro Mallers at home on Saturday despite losing their starting quarterback, Mark Jarmon, early in the game due to a thumb injury. Central Penn improved to 4-0 on the season and first place in their division following their 51-32 victory.
Now ranked second overall in the GDFL power rankings, the Piranha haven't missed a beat.
When Jarmon injured his thumb last weekend, the Piranha turned to second-year quarterback Jeff Campbell and later subbed in Bo Thompson after the contest had seemingly been decided. After the game, Piranha co-owner and head coach Tom Laubach said all three QBs are capable of leading the team.
"We have three tremendous quarterbacks, which is a good problem to have, but one that we’ll get worked out," Laubach said.
For more Piranha coverage, visit the team's official website.
Photos provided courtesy of Samuel Getty and Krystal Heath.
Friday, June 20, 2014
Coming off a convincing 66-0 win over the Lancaster Lightning on the road last weekend, the Central Penn Piranha will return home to face the Albany Metro Mallers on Saturday in the GDFL Game of the Week.
The Piranha, 3-0 and ranked third in the nation by the Gridiron Developmental Football League, will host the Mallers, ranked 21st, at Warwick High School in Lititz, PA.
Both the Piranha and the Mallers returned to the GDFL in 2014 after winning championships in the RAFL and SPFL leagues, respectively, in 2013. The two teams have combined to outscore their opponents by scores of 123-to-48 in five games this season.
Central Penn and Albany have historically been two of the better teams in minor league football, with talent that has not gone unnoticed. Earlier this year, Mallers receiver C.J. Tarver was asked to try out for the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers. More recently, former Piranha receiver Terrill Barnes was invited to try out for the NFL's Washington Redskins.
Kickoff for Saturday's showdown at Warwick is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.