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.
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