Buccaneers sign Dan Orlovsky to two-year, $2.5 million deal

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday morning that they’ve signed quarterback Dan Orlovsky to a two-year, $2.5 million deal.

(Yes, the Bucs are into the rare practice of putting monetary details in press releases, in order to prove to fans they’re willing to spend.)

Orlovsky, 28, is expected to replace Josh Johnson as Josh Freeman’s backup.

Orlovsky’s career record in spot starts is 2-10, though he did help engineer the Indianapolis Colts’ only two wins of the 2011 season. Orlovsky holds a career touchdown-to-interception ratio of 14:12, and he’s completed 58.5 percent of his passes.

21 responses to “Buccaneers sign Dan Orlovsky to two-year, $2.5 million deal

  1. Guy is worse than 3rd string. Good luck with that. Props to Dan for taking millions from these teams with his legal Ponzi scheme.

    Invest a lot of money for no return. Brilliant!

  2. Is there a better job in the world than back-up QB?? A million bucks a year to hold a clipboard. God bless the NFL.

  3. Wow, Orlovsky over Grossman? At least the former Gator would have helped sell tickets. And are they that sure there’s a market for Josh Johnson?

  4. I hope the Jags’ stadium has a warning track at the back of the end zone so he knows when he is getting close to running out-of-bounds for a safety.

  5. We needed a back up . I would have liked a veteran with more career playing time to give Josh some competition. Could be potential in this guy. Just have to trust the coach on this one. GO BUCS!

  6. Speaking of making millions for no return does anyone know how much David Carr has been paid during his NFL career?

    I’ll bet the number will leave Tiki flabbergasted……..

  7. 28loose, I can guarantee you didn’t. He played very well in a very difficult situation. In fact when I read this I was a bit bummed that the Colts didn’t want him back.

    I rolled my eyes at him when the Colts first sent him into the game, but he made me choke my words quickly. He isn’t an NFL starter, but he has very good game for a backup.

  8. “Wow, Orlovsky over Grossman? At least the former Gator would have helped sell tickets.”

    Rex Grossman and selling tickets and the same sentence is the funniest thing I’ve heard in quite some time. Good form.

  9. Dan O isn’t a bad pickup as a #2. As a Lions fan, I knew the Colts were in “suck for luck” mode last year…to me it was unacceptable to not bench Painter for Dan O, and knew theyd win some when they did. He hung in there vs New England too.

  10. Colts fan here. Good sign Bucs. Colts should’ve kept him. Not having a competent backup is what led to the Polians exit from Indy, not to mention the worst record in football and the eventual exit of Peyton. Who woulda thought the backup qb is that important? He’s a capable qb and while he may not be a starter…he’s certainly a viable backup plan. Sure you don’t want Painter and let us have Orlavsky back?

  11. Hopefully the Bucs’ vetting included having him look at a drawing of a football field and having him point out the endlines of it.

  12. He’s a good backup as long as you can keep him away from the back of the end zone!

    I think $2.5M is a bit high for the guy. He’s not a starter and won’t win games for you, but he can run the practice squad and his teammmates always like him.

    Matt Millen always loved him in Detroit.

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