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Kyle Orton retires from NFL; Buffalo Bills have more work to do at QB

The Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback retired on Monday, which leaves the team in a bit of a pickle heading into 2015.

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Kyle Orton announced his retirement from pro football on Monday, one day after the Bills' 2014 season came to an end.

"I just have been going at it for 10 years and it’s just a family decision," Orton said in a statement. "I’ve decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day."

Orton, who turned 32 in November, signed with the Bills on August 29 this past summer, having not participated at all in the team's training camp. Within a month, he'd surpassed former first-round pick EJ Manuel on the depth chart, and started the Bills' final 12 games of the 2014 season. Buffalo went 7-5 in those games, with Orton sporting a 7-5 record, an 87.8 passer rating, and an 18-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio in that time frame.

Buffalo now has serious work to do at the quarterback position this offseason, knowing that they no longer have a veteran fallback option if they're not sold on moving ahead with the failing Manuel project. Orton and Manuel were the only quarterbacks on the roster this past season, though Jeff Tuel did spend the year on the practice squad.