Orton had been contemplating retirement, but at the NFL Owners meetings in March his agent, David Dunn, said the quarterback would play in 2014 and retirement was never an issue. Since the NFL scouting combine in February, the Cowboys have stated their belief that Orton, who is set to make $3.5 million as Tony Romo's backup, would return.
The workout program is voluntary, but Orton participated in it his first two seasons. Only the June 17-19 mini-camp is mandatory. If Orton skips the mini-camp, then he would be subject to fines totaling close to $70,000.
If Orton's absence is prolonged it could affect the Cowboys' draft plans. The Cowboys signed Brandon Weeden to a two-year deal with no signing bonus earlier in the offseason. Quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson attended the pro day of Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray last week. At the combine, they had meetings with Jimmy Garoppolo and David Fales.