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April 9, 2013 @ 8:29 am
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Orlovsky Brought Back By Bucs

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The Buccaneers released Dan Orlovsky last week, leading some to believe that Tampa Bay may of had their sights set on a more capable backup to Josh Freeman, or even a potential draft pick. And while that could still be the case, with the re-signing of Orlovsky this week, it appears the move was more of a cost-cutting release.
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky’s latest stint as a free agent last all of four days. Josh Freeman’s backup last season was released by Tampa Bay last Thursday but according to sources was re-signed by the Bucs on Monday.

The reason for the release was almost certainly financial as the former Lions and Colts QB was in the second year of a two-year $2.5 million dollar deal signed last spring. Orlovsky was scheduled to make $1.5 million in 2013.

Immediately after his release there were some reports that Orlovsky had a couple teams interested in his services but nothing came from the rumors.

Since the end of the 2012 season the Buccaneers have stated on more than one occasion they wanted to bring in competition at every position, including quarterback. But after a weak free agent class and the team’s unwillingness to trade for potential starters in Alex Smith (Chiefs) and Matt Flynn (Raiders) it appears the Buccaneers may very well go in to 2013 with the same depth chart of Freeman, Orlovsky and practice squad QB Adam Weber.

The 2013 class of college quarterbacks is also considered weak and it seems unlikely that Tampa Bay would select a quarterback in the early rounds, leaving the 2013 starting honors to Freeman who is in the final year of his contract.

In his eight-year NFL career, Orlovsky has 12 career starts with 2,931 yards passing, 14 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. In his only regular season game action with the Buccaneers the former University of Connecticut signal-caller was 4-of-7 for 51 yards, finishing up the Bucs 41-0 loss to the Saints late last year.

Last modified on Tuesday, 09 April 2013 08:54

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    I think this is a resonable gamble. Just let see who is release durning triaining camp.GO BUCS
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    Thank goodness we got Orlovsky back. He has a good arm and has some game experience. DOM saved some money, too, so it is a win-win. Pick up the Oklahoma QB in the draft in the 4th round, who with the amount of experience in the NFL that Free has now, can produce just as well as Free if not better.
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    That is rare to release a player outright, especially at QB, only to bring them back a few days later. Usually, the two sides just renegotiate the contract.
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    I was wondering if this was going to happen when they released him. I am sure that they save at least 500,000-700,000 by doing this.
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    Every year before the draft, they say this position is weak or that position is weak. Then good pro players are created out of these supposedly weak positions. There are some interesting QBs in this draft and Tyler Wilson (Ark) is one. Wilson didn't have a lot of team behind him this past season. Tyler Bray (Tenn) is a guy with tremendous arm strength but doesn't play smart. If you take guys like this and give them time to develop. I'm sure there are some good QBs in this draft and my guess is they are better than people think. The thing that kills me is the Revis trade. The Jets are so unbelievably myopic that I will actually laugh when they tumble. I hope Revis leaves them after next season and they get NOTHING for him !!! Those bunch of NY slicksters hire a bumpkin like Ryan to coach them and then they wonder why they aren't winning. If I was Dominik I would tell the Jets to pound sand you know where. We get a better pass rush and with our safties maybe we won't need Revis, maybe we draft a couple of corners and just pick up a nice free agent or two in June or maybe we trade for an existing corner after the draft. To Hell with the Jets !!!!!!!!!!
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    Nmkinley who do you think is a potential starter or decent backup in the middle rounds?
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    The Bucs will almost assuredly draft a young QB in the mid/late rounds, as that's where the value is. He will then have the opp to beat out Weber and/or Orlovsky for the backup spot. That's all we need this year, in my opinion.
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    "may have" not "may of"
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