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Lions reach one-year deal with Dan Orlovsky

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The Lions are bringing back a familiar face at quarterback.

The club has reached a one-year agreement with Dan Orlovsky, Tim Twentyman of reported. Aaron Wilson of National Football Post first reported news of an impending deal between Detroit and Orlovsky.

The 30-year-old Orlovsky could replace the departed Shaun Hill as the Lions’ primary backup to starting quarterback Matthew Stafford. A 2005 fifth-round pick of the Lions, Orlovsky made seven starts in four seasons with Detroit (2005-2008), all in the club’s 0-16 season of 2008.

Orlovsky has spent the last two seasons with the Buccaneers, appearing in a combined three games as a reserve. He has also played for the Colts (2011) and Texans (2009-2010). Overall, Orlovsky has appeared in 24 regular season games, throwing for 2,931 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

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25 Responses to “Lions reach one-year deal with Dan Orlovsky”
  1. rodvmunchiii says: Apr 2, 2014 4:37 PM

    Wow. I can’t believe he got another job.

  2. sandwiches4ever says: Apr 2, 2014 4:37 PM

    I believe it was with the Lions that Orlovsky had his moment of infamy, running about 5 yards out of the back of the end zone.

  3. staffordcalvinbush says: Apr 2, 2014 4:38 PM

    Pretty bad signing. I don’t care for Orlovsky at all. Here’s to hoping Kellen Moore progresses or we improve with a late round QB in the draft.

  4. dprouse says: Apr 2, 2014 4:39 PM

    Perhaps Orlovsky can spend some time between now and camp familiarizing himself with the dead ball line at the back of the end zone.

  5. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:39 PM

    Dan Orlovsky? Sorry, never heard of the guy.

  6. gosuhgo says: Apr 2, 2014 4:39 PM

    THIS is the kind of off-season move I’ve been waiting for from my Lions.

  7. jparf says: Apr 2, 2014 4:39 PM

    How do you not use a photo of him in the Lions uniform running out of the endzone?

  8. bsandersislegend20 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:45 PM


  9. jeffchadwick says: Apr 2, 2014 4:47 PM

    That’s pretty funny. #firecaldwell

  10. ivanpavlov0000 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:48 PM

    I think the only scoring play of his career was two points for the Vikings. Lions lost that game 12-10.

    Should have kept Shaun Hill.

  11. tvjules says: Apr 2, 2014 4:48 PM

    The Jim Caldwell era begins. Thud.

  12. metrocritical says: Apr 2, 2014 4:49 PM

    And a chorus of, “Oh crap!” was heard throughout Lion Nation. While every team with winning aspirations prays for the health of their franchise QB, the need is now tenfold in our fair city. Shaun Hill has shown himself capable of leading Detroit to success if pressed into duty. Orlovsky has proven himself capable of leading a team to an 0-16 season and a mental gaffe forever tattooed on the collective memory of Detroit Lion fans worldwide. Terrible signing by a team that wasted precious cap space on Kevin Ogletree, Kris Durham and Vaughn Martin.

  13. spartyownsyou says: Apr 2, 2014 4:50 PM

    Wow I really hope Stafford doesn’t get hurt next season. So Stupid to let Shaun Hill go.

  14. grimreaper12 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:51 PM

    Lions are overrated. I’m sick of people talking about their ” talent “. All they have is a QB, WR, and a DT. Nothing else. Here’s to another losing season!

  15. jermainewiggins says: Apr 2, 2014 4:55 PM

    Easily the headline of the offseason.

  16. edelmanfanclub says: Apr 2, 2014 4:57 PM

    A safety signing for the Lions.

  17. bennyb82 says: Apr 2, 2014 4:58 PM

    This is the kind of move to create the perception that there is a veteran behind Stafford if he gets hurt. Hopefully that does not happen, because putting in Orlovsky would immediately begin the search for a different free agent QB. How can there not be a better backup QB available is my question…

  18. shinedown37 says: Apr 2, 2014 5:01 PM

    If they wanted a QB they could’ve drafted Taj Boyd. I guess the Lions are still sleeping, when it comes to backup qb’s.

  19. schmitty2 says: Apr 2, 2014 5:12 PM

    Football fields are a total of 120 yards. Orlovsky thinks its 125.

  20. jlgsoccer says: Apr 2, 2014 5:25 PM

    Shelton CT Product!

  21. ravenswhat says: Apr 2, 2014 5:32 PM

    Backup QB in the NFL has got to be one of the greatest gigs in the entire history of earth.

  22. purpleguy says: Apr 2, 2014 6:20 PM

    Well, at least with Allen remaining in the NFCN, he’ll be able to recreate his end-zone foray a second time.

  23. 92nick182govikings says: Apr 2, 2014 6:21 PM

    Isn’t that the guy that got a safety by stepping out of the back of the end zone because jared allen was about to murder his life! Anyone else remember?

  24. fordmandalay says: Apr 2, 2014 6:35 PM

    Dream Team!!

  25. ogrady612 says: Apr 5, 2014 8:24 AM

    The lions must be desperate to bring back Dan Orlovsky..My Gosh!! Let’s hope and pray nothing happens to Strafford..Non starting QB’s must be hard to find in the NFL..

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