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Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012

NFL free agency: Kyle Orton signs with Dallas Cowboys

Kyle Orton played in four games for Kansas City. (Ed Zurga / AP)
With Jon Kitna retiring, the Dallas Cowboys were in the market for a backup to Tony Romo.

They’ve found their man in Kyle Orton.

Orton and the Cowboys reached agreement today on a three-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. He became Dallas’ best option after the Chicago Bears signed Jason Campbell as their backup Tuesday.

Orton, 29, had a rocky 2011 season. He lost the starting job in Denver to Tim Tebow and was released by the Broncos.

The Cowboys put in a claim for him then, but Orton was awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs, who ranked higher on the waiver wire list. He played in four games with KC and was best known for his $2.5-million flea flicker. Orton spent his first three seasons in the NFL in Chicago, then played in Denver for three.

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