The Detroit Lions have now re-signed three of their free agents. Long snapper Don Muhlbach was re-signed last Friday, and defensive end Darryl Tapp got a new deal done within the last few weeks. On Monday, meanwhile, quarterback Dan Orlovsky was re-signed to a one-year deal.
The move to re-sign Orlovsky isn't a big surprise considering the Lions were in talks with his agent at the NFL Combine. There was some speculation that the Lions might look elsewhere for their backup quarterback role in 2015, but clearly they feel comfortable with just bringing Orlovsky back.
Last season, Orlovsky didn't actually appear in a single regular-season game with the Lions. He served as the backup quarterback all season long, but Matthew Stafford didn't miss a snap over the course of the regular season.
This year, it will be interesting to see how things play out in training camp if the Lions decide to re-sign quarterback Kellen Moore as well. The Lions aren't planning to tender Moore despite his restricted free agent status, but they have indicated that they want to re-sign him. With Orlovsky back, I suppose Moore would be in line to once again serve as the third-stringer if he re-signs, but perhaps the Lions will hold more of an open competition for the backup job this summer.
In any case, Orlovsky's second stint with the Lions is now set to continue for another season. He began his NFL career in Detroit from 2005-08, and he spent time with the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the years that followed. Orlovsky then returned to the Lions in 2014, and he's now back under contract for the 2015 season.