Kyle Orton Retires for Good

Kyle Orton retired for a second time on Monday. He went 7-5 in his one season as Bills quarterback.

Kyle Orton has announced his retirement from the NFL.

The Buffalo Bills signed Orton on August 30 to provide backup insurance behind E.J. Manuel. In his only season with the Bills, Orton made 12 starts and went 7-5. In those 12 games, Orton threw for 3,018 yards and had 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He led the Bills to their first winning season since 2004. Orton will finish his career with a 42-40 record as a starting quarterback.

On retiring, Orton said the following:

"I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day."

Unlike last season, when Orton "retired" from the Cowboys, the quarterback said there's no scenario where he'd return.

"No, as I said it's not a decision based on anything football-wise, just a family decision and one I'm going to stick to."

Orton said it was "nice to end on a good note" and that the Bills are in good hands with EJ Manuel.

"The sky is the limit for EJ," Orton said. "He's got all the ability in the world. I hope having a veteran guy around kind of showing the way a little bit helped him. I guess we'll wait and see, but he's a good quarterback. He's got his head on his shoulder and he'll be fine."

The words are optimistic, but the Bills now have a glaring hole at quarterback with only Manuel and Jeff Tuel on the roster. 


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