Kyle Orton making a visit

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys made a waiver claim on Kyle Orton last season when the quarterback was released by Denver, so it should not come as a surprise the team is interested in him again.

Orton will visit with the Cowboys as the team’s top choice to be Tony Romo’s backup.

Jon Kitna retired after his 2011 season ended prematurely with a back injury and the Cowboys are not ready to go with Stephen McGee, who is entering the final year of his contract, as Romo’s backup.

Orton has started 69 games in his career with Chicago, Denver and Kansas City, who won the waiver claim over the Cowboys last fall. When he was with the Bears he was tutored by Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson.

Orton has 80 touchdown passes and 57 interceptions in his career.

Coach Jason Garrett mentioned earlier this offseason that it is important to allocate resources to the backup quarterback spot. He has had veterans Brad Johnson and Kitna as Romo’s No. 2 since 2007. Romo has missed 13 games in two of the last four seasons with pinky and collarbone injuries. He played last year with fractured ribs and a severely bruised hand.