Bills QB Kyle Orton gave the team a much-needed shot in the arm that kept them in playoff contention for most of the season.
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Buffalo Bills QB Kyle Orton has announced his retirement from the NFL for the second time in three years after going 7-5 in 2014.
Orton replaced EJ Manuel as the starter after four games and led the Bills to seven wins that kept them in the playoff race for most of the season. Although the team fell short, but Orton’s 18 touchdowns and a career high 64.2 completion percentage were a big part of the reason why they lasted as long as they did.
Orton announced his retirement from the NFL via the Bills on Monday morning.
Bills QB Kyle Orton has informed the team of his plans to retire.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 29, 2014
“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,” Orton said.
Orton was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 draft by the Chicago Bears, going 10-5 as a starter in his first season. He didn’t start a game in 2006 and started only three games in 2007. In 2008 he became the Bears starter again and went 9-6 before being traded to the Denver Broncos as part of a deal for QB Jay Cutler.