KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes during the game against the Green Bay Packers on December 18, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
IRVING, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) - A person with knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement on a three-year deal with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton to be Tony Romo’s backup next season.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the move.
Orton finished last season with the Chiefs after being released by Denver and replaced by Tim Tebow.
Jon Kitna, Romo’s backup the last two years, retired after last season. The 39-year-old Kitna appeared in only three games last year after starting the final 10 games in 2010 when Romo broke his collarbone.
After Kitna injured his back last fall, the Cowboys unsuccessfully tried to claim Orton off waivers following his release by the Broncos.