Although it took Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley all offseason, the Bills finally have a quality back-up QB. On Friday night, the Bills inked QB Kyle Orton to a contract. Terms of the deal were not initially disclosed but it is reported that the Bills paid top back-up QB money for Orton.
Orton adds experience which is just what the Bills were looking for at that position. After spending his first four seasons in Chicago, Orton had a career year with Denver in 2009, passing for 3802 yards, adding 21 touchdowns compared to only 12 interceptions. After a brief stint with the Chiefs, Orton spent the last two seasons backing up Tony Romo in Dallas, performing exceptionally well when called upon. Throughout the duration of his career, Orton has compiled 83 touchdowns to 59 interceptions, and holds a career quarterback rating of 79.9.
Orton was brought in to back-up second year man EJ Manuel; however, don’t let the phrase “back-up” fool you. With new ownership soon to be taking over, and no 2015 1st round pick, the Bills are all in, and have a “win now” mentality. Manuel mightily struggled in pre-season and showed zero signs of improvement from his rookie campaign. If Manuel gets off to a slow start, the Bills will not hesitate in playing Orton. In fact, don’t be surprised if Orton is starting by week three.