Just after 9:00 am this morning, Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton issued a statement, regarding his intention to retire from the NFL.
Since taking over the starting job from EJ Manuel in week five, Orton accumulated 3018 yards in the air, while throwing for 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In his 12 starts with the Bills, Orton compiled a 7-5 record, which is the best record a Bills QB has had since Doug Flutie (1998-2000).
After being drafted in the fourth round (106th overall) in the 2005 draft, Orton spent parts of ten years with five different teams (Bears, Broncos, Chiefs, Cowboys, Bills). Orton’s best year came with the Broncos in 2009, where he threw for 3802 yards, with 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The quarterback position remains the biggest question heading into the offseason for the Buffalo Bills. With EJ Manuel being the only quarterback on the active roster, the Bills will look to add 1-2 quarterbacks who will compete for the starting position. Without a first round pick in the upcoming draft, Buffalo may need to look at a possible trade or wait till free agency to find their starter.