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Bills quarterback Kyle Orton to retire

Bills quarterback Kyle Orton has announced his plans to retire.

Orton threw for 3,018 yards, completing 64.2 percent of his passes this season after taking over as the team's starting quarterback in Week Five. His QB rating was 87.8.

He averaged 251.5 passing yards per game and 6.8 per attempt, throwing 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.


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Orton went 7-5 as the Bills' starter.

The Purdue product played 10 NFL seasons, also including stints with the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys.

He played in 87 career games, compiling 18,037 passing yards, 101 TDs and 69 INTs for a rating of 81.2.

Here are quotes from Orton about his decision on the team's website:

  • "I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision and I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day."
  • “Anytime you have a chance to end on a good note and go home and spend time with family that’s really important to me and my wife and we’re just excited to move on.”
  • “It’s not a decision based on anything football-wise, just a family decision and one I’m going to stick to."
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