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Tale Of The Tape: Kyle Orton vs Brandon Weeden

All signs point to a healthy Tony Romo leading the Cowboys again in 2014. But with the addition of Brandon Weeden to the Cowboys roster, there is competition (kind of) for the backup role. Who should start behind No. 9? We decide here.

Kyle Orton
Brandon Weeden
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Career Statistics
Winner In 9 seasons in the league, Orton has completed 58.5% of passes with a 83/59 TD/INT ratio. His career QB Rating is 79.9.
In just 23 games over two seasons in Cleveland, Weeden completed 55.9% of passes with 23 TDs and 26 INTs. He has also fumbled the ball 9 times. His career QB Rating is 71.8.
Age
Orton has appeared in 75 career games in 9 seasons and will turn 32 in November.
Winner After pursuing professional baseball out of high school, Weeden got a late start to his football career. He will turn 31 in October after just two NFL seasons.
Fit In Dallas?
Winner Orton has filled in well with Dallas, though he's only appeared in 4 games in 2 seasons. He nearly led the Cowboys to the playoffs in a close Week 17 loss against the Eagles.
Weeden's O-Coordinator last season was Norv Turner. The Cowboys are expected to run a similar scheme under recently hired Scott Linehan, reducing Weeden's learning curve.
Salary
If Orton retires, the QB will be forced to return $3.4 million of his signing bonus. The Cowboys would save $3.25 million against the 2014 cap by cutting him, but he would count $2.25 million against the cap in 2015.
Winner Dallas signed Weeden to a team-friendly two-year deal. He will make $570,000 in 2014 and $660,000 in 2015.
X-Factor
Orton is contemplating retirement and has not practiced with the team this offseason, likely in an attempt to force the Cowboys to up his 2014 salary. Is his heart really in it?
Winner Weeden is hungry, having "failed" in two seasons in Cleveland (as every QB does). A fresh start might revitalize the former 1st round pick.

The Winner Is

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Winner Brandon Weeden
3 out of 5

Kyle Orton hasn't revealed if he will play in 2014, but the Cowboys should move forward with Brandon Weeden as the back up. He's a cheap, talented option who is eager to save his NFL career in Dallas.

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