Cowboys sign former Browns QB Brandon Weeden

The Cowboys added free agent Brandon Weeden on a two-year contract Monday even though they expect Kyle Orton to return behind Tony Romo next season.

Weeden was released by the Browns after being a first-round draft pick (22nd overall) in 2012.

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Former Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden signed a contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, the team announced.

Weeden was released March 12 by the Browns after being a first-round draft pick of the Browns (22nd overall) in 2012. Weeden was 5-15 as a starter for the Browns, but had one of his best games against the Cowboys in 2012 when the Browns lost in overtime, 23-20 to the Cowboys. He threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

Overall, Weeden was 438-of-784 for 5,116 yards with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions. His rating in that period was 71.8.

In 2013, Weeden started five games and was 141-of-267 for 1,731 yards with 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions and a rating of 70.3. The Browns lost all five games that he started, but did defeat the Bills when Weeden replaced the injured Brian Hoyer.

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer said the contract was for two years for a reported $1.23 million. If Weeden sticks with the Cowboys, the Browns will get some salary cap relief as there was off-set language in his contract with the Browns .

Weeden is expected to compete with Kyle Orton for the backup quarterback spot behind Tony Romo.