Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 3/20/12
Kyle Orton says he had opportunities to compete for the starting quarterback job with a few NFL teams but chose the Cowboys because they were the best fit. Orton, who has started 69 games during his seven-year career, said he's at a point where he prefers to play behind Tony Romo while getting "a chance to be in the playoffs." "It just fit for what I was looking for," Orton said Tuesday while appearing on New School with Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "I had an idea of what I wanted to do kind of going into free agency and you don't get too many chances to hook up with an organization like the Cowboys. From everybody that I had talked to throughout the whole process they just had rave reviews of the organization. "Talking to a guy like Jon Kitna, he just had great things to say about working with Tony, and I'm just excited for it." Orton added: "I've been in a couple situations where I compete with this guy, compete with that guy and long term it never works out for anybody. I just wanted to be in a situation where I knew my role and could work to fulfill that role in the best way. I just felt with the Cowboys that was the best chance for me." The Cowboys put in a claim for Orton after the Denver Broncos cut him during the 2011 season but the Kansas City Chiefs were awarded his services because they were higher on the waiver wire list. Orton, 29, played four seasons in Chicago before joining Denver for the previous three campaigns. He played four games with the Chiefs, starting three, after the Broncos cut him, throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. The 6-4, 225-pounder spoke highly of Jason Garrett's offensive system, adding that he believed he was going to be drafted by the Miami Dolphins when Garrett was the team's quarterbacks coach in 2005. Orton eventually was selected by the Bears in the fourth round, pick No. 106 overall, three selections before the Cowboys chose running back Marion Barber. "I've kind of followed his system throughout," Orton said. "I think Jason has a great system, one that you get the ball out on time and you should have guys running open with the talent we have and the guys in the backfield." Orton admitted that he doesn't know Romo, other than one conversation, but said he has "only heard good things" about the player he will be backing up. Brandon Carr is one Cowboy that Orton is familiar with. The two briefly played together last season in Kansas City. "He's a really good player," Orton said. "Before I went to Kansas City I had to play against him twice a year and that was certainly no fun." The Cowboys agreed to a three-year contract with Orton last week. -- Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
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