Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
1 month ago

Orlovsky submitted a blog post at SportsSpectrum.com on Wednesday indicating that he has decided to retire from professional football.

EDGE Analysis

After failing to win a backup gig with the Rams during training camp, Orlovsky became a free agent and was unable to drum up much interest elsewhere, which likely influenced his decision to step away from the game. The 34-year-old was a veteran of 12 NFL seasons, but only made 23 career appearances over five campaigns, splitting time with the Lions, Colts and Buccaneers.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
3 months ago

Orlovsky was released by the Rams on Saturday, Jamie Han of the Rams' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Orlovsky signed with the Rams in July but was only expected to serve as an extra throwing arm for training camp. As a vested veteran, he's immediately eligible to sign with another team.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
4 months ago8 Comments

Orlovsky signed a contract with the Rams on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Orlovsky's signing gives the Rams three quarterbacks entering training camp. The 12-year veteran spent the past three seasons backing up Mathew Stafford in Detroit, and he'll now compete with Sean Mannion for the backup slot behind Los Angeles starter Jared Goff.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
9 months ago

The Lions informed Orlovsky that he will not be re-signed this offseason, The Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Over the weekend, Orlovsky was told the team will let his contract expire at the end of the league year in order to go in a different direction at backup quarterback. The main beneficiary in this situation is Jake Rudock, the Lions' sixth-round pick in 2016 who will replace Orlovsky as the No. 2. It isn't clear what sort of market awaits the 33-year-old veteran, but he should be able to latch on somewhere due to his serviceability as a second-string signal caller as well as the veteran presence he could provide a locker room.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
10 months ago

Orlovsky didn't attempt a single pass throughout the entire 2016 season.

EDGE Analysis

Nearly every game the Lions played in 2016 was competitive to the very end. In fact, 12 of their 16 total games were decided by seven points or less. Consequently, Orlovsky was never called upon to play in relief of starting quarterback Matthew Stafford and will now go without having thrown a pass in two of his three seasons with Detroit.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
1 year ago

Orlovsky completed eight of 14 passes for 83 yards and an interception in Thursday's preseason game against the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

Orlovsky was much better in Detroit's first preseason game, and in any case, he doesn't appear to have competition for the top backup job. If the Lions do retain sixth-round rookie Jake Rudock, it will likely just be as the No. 3 quarterback, which usually comes with inactive status on gamedays.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
2 years ago

Orlovsky re-signed with the Lions on Friday, James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The terms of the contract are not disclosed, but Orlovsky will remain in Detroit for at least another season. The 32-year-old has cemented himself as Matthew Stafford's backup, appearing in two games last season.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
2 years ago

Orlovsky completed 21-of-38 passes for 191 yards, with one touchdown and an interception, in Sunday's 42-17 loss to Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Orlovsky entered the game midway through the third quarter for an ineffective Matthew Stafford, who tossed three interceptions. The backup QB was able to move the ball a bit in the second half, but he did not lead the Lions to a touchdown until the 1:36 mark of the fourth quarter, when he hit Lance Moore on a 13-yard score. Stafford is Detroit's franchise QB, for better or worse, so don't expect Orlovsky to start anytime soon.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
3 years ago

Orlovsky signed a one-year deal with the Lions on Monday, the team's official website reports.

One again forced to make some difficult personnel decisions, the Lions will go cheap at the backup quarterback spot, allowing for spending elsewhere. The team does seem to value Orlovsky to some extent, as it would be even cheaper to go with either Kellen Moore or a late-round pick in the upcoming draft. Still, Orlovsky has never impressed when given the chance, and he's probably one of the lesser backup quarterbacks in the league.

Dan Orlovsky
QB FA
3 years ago

Orlovsky completed 4-of-7 passes for 51 yards during the 2014 season.

Orlovsky saw a bit of action in a blowout loss to the Saints in December, but he otherwise spent the season watching Matthew Stafford from the sidelines. Orlovsky may not be back with the Lions in 2015, as he can become an unrestricted free agent in March, and Detroit always has a tight cap situation. Kellen Moore, the team's No. 3 quarterback in 2014, will be a restricted free agent.