- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys officials met with reporters on Tuesday to discuss the upcoming NFL draft, but there were some questions regarding backup quarterback Kyle Orton.
He still hasn't worked out with the team since the voluntary offseason program started on April 21.
But team officials don't seemed too concerned that Orton isn't around as the offseason program enters its second phase this week.
"We expect Kyle to be here at some point in the offseason," coach Jason Garrett said. "These are not mandatory workouts and meetings that we're involved in right now. There's a mandatory minicamp (June 17) toward the end of the offseason program and we anticipate him and all of our players to be there for that."
Garrett wouldn't get into specifics regarding his conversations with Orton, other than to call them, "good." But Orton's agent, David Dunn said at the NFL owners meetings his client would play this year.
Yet, Orton hasn't arrived at Valley Ranch for workouts and is a healthy scratch if you will. He is thinking of retirement and if he chooses that option he might have to repay the Cowboys close to $3 million in bonus money. Orton is scheduled to make a base salary of $3.25 million this season. So Orton would forfeit the base salary and repay some signing bonus money if he retired.
Jerry Jones said Orton's status doesn't change how the Cowboys would draft. He almost dismissed the notion the team would select a quarterback at all. It seems Jones doesn't want to rebuild with a rookie quarterback because he feels Tony Romo is in his prime.
The Cowboys, however, don't have their No. 2 quarterback in the offseason program.
"We like to have all of our players here," Garrett said. "Every coach in this league will tell you the same thing, understanding the nature of what the offseason program is. We can't mandate that to anybody. Some players choose not to be here. We anticipate him being here for the mandatory portion of minicamp and being with our football team."