Look for the great retirement impasse between the Dallas Cowboys and backup quarterback Kyle Orton to come to a head next week when the team holds its mandatory minicamp.

Orton, who has missed the off-season program and organized team activity workouts while contemplating retirement, is expected to show up to avoid paying a $70,000 fine.

In the meantime, former Oklahoma State star and Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is making the most of his opportunity.

The Cowboys plan to see what kind of shape Orton is in before making their next move. The team has said it wants Orton back behind starter Tony Romo in 2014.

But if he is out of shape and has no chance of contributing, Dallas could cut him and move on.

It’s a high-stakes game of chicken Orton is playing with the team, as he would have to repay $3 million in signing bonus money if he retired. The Cowboys could cut him now, but if there is a chance to get some money back, they plan to do so.

The Cowboys are choosing to remain patient and let the process play out to prevent another Jay Ratliff situation, according to a source. The Cowboys cut a supposedly injured Raliff last season only to see him sign and play with the Chicago Bears a few weeks later.

That they can do that — especially with Romo limited and being held out of team workouts because of off-season back surgery — also is a testament to the progress of Weeden.

Initially signed as a developmental quarterback for the future, the former first-round bust with the Browns has been so impressive in organized team activities the past three weeks that the Cowboys are eying him as Romo’s primary backup next season.

“Certainly that is the whole part of the plan,” passing game coordinator Scott Linehan said. “I thought he has done a great job from the start of our off-season program to now three weeks on the field.