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Dan Orlovsky | Quarterback | #8

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (34) / 8/18/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215
College: Connecticut
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 5 (145) / DET
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Free agent QB Dan Orlovsky announced his retirement after 12 seasons.
A 2005 fifth-rounder of the Lions, Orlovsky started 12 career games (seven in 2008 for Detroit and five for the 2011 Colts) and threw 15 career touchdowns to 13 interceptions. He also spent time with the Bucs and Texans. The Rams had him in camp this summer. Orlovsky is probably most known for his infamous touchback with the Lions where he unknowingly ran out the back of the end zone. Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:37:00 AM

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Rams signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a one-year contract.

Orlovsky, who spent the past few seasons in Detroit as Matthew Stafford's backup, immediately slides in as the No. 3 for a team that had just Jared Goff and Sean Mannion at quarterback. Many teams no longer carry three signal callers, but Orlovsky could earn a 53-man roster spot behind Los Angeles' young question marks.
Thu, Jul 20, 2017 04:52:00 PM

Free agent QB Dan Orlovsky says he has multiple offers.

Orlovsky hasn’t had any known visits since the start of free agency. He should compete for a backup role somewhere. Orlovsky won't cost more than the veteran minimum.
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 08:04:00 PM

Free agent QB Dan Orlovsky said he will not be returning to the Lions.

Orlovsky said the Lions will turn to 2016 sixth-rounder Jake Rudock as Matthew Stafford's backup. 34 in August, Orlovsky is a quality No. 2 who likely has a few years left. He should find a home.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 09:46:00 AM

Free agent Dan Orlovsky doesn't expect to re-sign with the Lions.

Orlovsky has backed up Matthew Stafford the last three years. The Lions have 2016 sixth-rounder Jake Rudock as a potential in-house replacement. Detroit should also add another quarterback through the draft/free agency.
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 04:42:00 PM

Lions re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions will likely look for a young developmental prospect in the draft, but Orlovsky should be back as Matthew Stafford's clipboard-holder.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 12:08:00 PM

Dan Orlovsky is "well ahead" of Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job.

Moore opened camp with the second-team offense, but he has been outplayed by Orlovsky. Through three preseason games, Orlovsky has completed 23-of-38 passes with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 09:52:00 AM

Dan Orlovsky "still holds the edge" over Kellen Moore for the Lions' backup quarterback job, according to

Beat reporter Justin Rogers said "the coaching staff is more familiar and comfortable" with Orlovsky even though he signed a shorter contract than Moore this offseason. Orlovsky has 24 games of experience while Moore has only played in the preseason. Neither will see the field unless Matthew Stafford gets injured. Stafford enters 2015 with a franchise-record 64 straight starts.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015 08:56:00 AM

Lions re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky to a one-year contract.

Orlovsky hasn't taken a snap in the NFL since 2012. He's thrown for 2,931 yards in 21 career appearances since entering the league as a fifth-round pick in 2005. He's most famous for running out of the back of the end zone for a safety.
Mon, Mar 2, 2015 03:59:00 PM

ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports the Lions have opened contract talks with free agent QB Dan Orlovsky.

The Lions don't currently have a quarterback behind Matthew Stafford after they didn't tender Kellen Moore. Orlovsky, 31, is a below-average backup that hasn't appeared in a game since 2012. He should only require a minimum deal.
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 04:35:00 PM

Lions signed QB Dan Orlovsky, formerly of the Bucs, to a one-year contract.

As expected. Orlovsky, 31 in August, was said to be at the top of the Lions' list for No. 2 duties after failing to re-sign Shaun Hill and missing out on Luke McCown. Orlovsky started five games for Lions coach Jim Caldwell's Colts in 2011.
Wed, Apr 2, 2014 04:04:00 PM

The Detroit Free Press reports free agent QB Dan Orlovsky is believed to be at the top of the Lions' wish list for No. 2 duties.

Orlovsky was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round of the 2005 draft and started seven games for Detroit in 2008. He was also part of one of the most laughable plays in recent memory when he ran out of the back of his own end zone unknowingly. The Lions are looking for a veteran backup for Matthew Stafford.
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 08:05:00 PM

Bucs re-signed QB Dan Orlovsky.

Orlovsky, who turns 30 before the season, lasted on the street just four days after his release by the Bucs in what was said to be a procedural move. Orlovsky appeared in only one game in 2012. He went 15-for-20 passing (75 percent) in the preseason with 150 yards (7.5 YPA), one touchdown, and one pick. Orlovsky is considered more of a third-stringer than quality No. 2 quarterback.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 06:16:00 PM

The Tampa Tribune reports QB Dan Orlovsky will re-sign with the Buccaneers.

Orlovsky, 30, served as quarterback Josh Freeman's backup last year and was released by the team last Thursday. The Tampa Tribune speculates his release was a formality in a salary restructuring move. We still expect the Bucs to add some real competition for Freeman, who is entering a make or break season.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013 04:41:00 PM

Bucs released QB Dan Orlovsky.

Orlovsky, 30 in August, saw action in one game as Josh Freeman's backup last year, completing 4-of-7 passes for 51 yards. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has started 12 career games, winning just two. Orlovsky's release clears $1.5 million in cap space. Tampa will certainly have its eyes on quarterbacks in the draft.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 05:48:00 PM

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