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Bucs re-sign QB Dan Orlovsky to one-year deal

4/9/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

Less than a week after he was released, backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky is back with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by re-signing to a one-year deal on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not released by the team.
 
Joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent ahead of the 2012 regular season, Dan Orlovsky originally signed to a two-year, $2.5 million deal. However, Dan Orlovsky was released last Thursday before being re-signed this week by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The move suggests that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers initially released Dan Orlovsky to re-sign him to a cheaper contract. Dan Orlovsky was previously scheduled to male $1.5 million in 2013. But his new deal could come in the range of $1 million for next season.
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano has talked about creating competition at every position, even for starting quarterback Josh Freeman, who is heading into the final year of his contract. But more recently, Greg Schiano expressed confidence in Josh Freeman remaining the starter and leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers towards future success.
 
While Dan Orlovsky may be a decent backup who can hold the starting spot when the need arises, he doesn’t pose any threat to Josh Freeman. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could look to the draft to add some competition for Josh Freeman, a move that could become clearer in the next couple of weeks. But considering the talent at the position in draft, it seems highly unlikely for now.
 
Dan Orlovsky played just one game as starting quarterback Josh Freeman’s backup  in his first season for with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, completing just 4-of-7 passes for 51 yards in the 41-0, Week 15 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
 
The 29-year-old Dan Orlovsky also played for the Detroit Lions, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts during his eight-year NFL career. Since joining the league as a fifth-round pick by the Detroit Lions in 2005, Dan Orlovsky has started 12-of-22 regular season games while throwing for 2,931 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
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