Lions agree to deal with Dan Orlovsky

Al Messerschmidt

The Detroit Lions have decided to make Dan Orlovsky their backup quarterback.

It's official: Quarterback Dan Orlovsky is back with the Detroit Lions. When Shaun Hill decided to sign with the St. Louis Rams last week, Orlovsky emerged as a potential option to back up Matthew Stafford. Now, the Lions have agreed to a one-year deal with Orlovsky, meaning he is in fact set to be Stafford's backup.

Orlovsky originally played for the Lions from 2005-08. He was a fifth-round pick in 2005, and he made seven starts for the team during their 0-16 season in 2008. That year, he threw for 1,616 yards, 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.

Orlovsky later played for the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His only real playing time with those teams came in 2011 when he was with Jim Caldwell in Indy. With Peyton Manning injured and the Colts' other quarterbacks not playing well, Orlovsky got a chance to start in five games. He made the most of that opportunity by throwing for 1,201 yards, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. More importantly, he led the Colts to their only two wins that season.

With Orlovsky joining the Lions, they technically no longer have a need for a backup quarterback. I could still see them drafting somebody in one of the later rounds to add more talent to the quarterback position, but for now it's Orlovsky and Kellen Moore behind Stafford on the depth chart.

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