NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Saturday's edition of NFL Total Access that it's a two-year contract, and Orton could earn more than $5 million in Year 1. That's on par with what the Bucs are paying Josh McCown and suggests Orton will play at some point.
Orton seems much older than 31 years old because he's started for so many teams: Chicago, Denver, Kansas City and Dallas. He's not going to save any franchise, but he could be a competent alternative to Manuel once he gets up to speed on Doug Marrone's offense.
Manuel, meanwhile, had perhaps the most discouraging preseason of any young quarterback in the league. We doubt Orton would have returned to the league without a good salary, and he knows that there's a chance he'll wind up starting games in Buffalo.
These are desperate times at quarterback in Buffalo, and this move has a strong whiff of desperation.