The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback Kyle Orton to a one-year contract Friday, as they finally seem to have filled their backup quarterback need.
The 31-year old Orton has had an up-and-down NFL career. Over 72 career starts with Chicago, Denver, Kansas City and Dallas, Orton was an inconsistent quarterback that struggled to consistently play well. However, Orton does bring plenty of experience with him to Buffalo, that the Bills brass hopes will rub off on starting quarterback EJ Manuel.
The Bills search for a veteran backup quarterback to take on a mentor-like role behind EJ Manuel has been an on-going process throughout training camp. The Bills relentless search saw them sign former Chicago Bear Jordan Palmer earlier this week, but only to release Palmer a few days later. After signing quarterback Kyle Orton, the Bills subsequently released former backup quarterbacks Thad Lewis, and Jeff Tuel.
Although it would have been more ideal if Orton could have signed earlier with the Bills, the former Purdue standout is a veteran quarterback that gives the Bills a capable backup, in case starter EJ Manuel struggles, or is injured again this season.