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Bills sign QB Kyle Orton

The Buffalo Bills have found themselves a new backup quarterback, and this one is likely going to stick.

The Bills have officially signed former Chicago, Denver, Kansas City and Dallas quarterback Kyle Orton to serve as the backup to starter EJ Manuel. Orton has 70 career starts to his name and has won exactly half of them. Over his eight years of experience, the quarterback has thrown for 15,019 yards, 83 touchdowns and 59 interceptions with a 58.5 completion percentage.

Orton was thought to be the top backup in Dallas when the offseason began in 2014, but chose not to report to offseason workouts and instead mulled retirement from the NFL. In the final year of his three-year contract with the Cowboys, Orton was officially released by the team in mid-July.

His contract with the Bills will have a choice for the quarterback. According to Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, the one-year deal also includes a player option for a second season with the team.

Financial terms of the contract have yet to be disclosed, but a league source tells WGR Sports Radio 550 that it's for "top backup money." Orton will take over for Jeff Tuel as the main backup quarterback to Manuel. The Bills’ efforts with both Thad Lewis and Jordan Palmer as a potential second-string quarterback failed this summer, leading to the release of both players over the past four days. The team later released Tuel on Saturday.

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**Photo courtesy of The Associated Press

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