The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Dan Orlovsky just a few days ago, and it sent Bucs’ fans into a frenzy thinking about who would replace him as the Buccaneers backup quarterback. We even had an article go up giving our take on who would replace Orlovsky and put pressure on Josh Freeman. Carson Palmer, John Skelton, Brian Hoyer, and even Tim Tebow have had their name throw in the Twitter mix for the Bucs’ backup QB. The one name no one had considered?
Today it was revealed that the Buccaneers had re-signed the veteran backup signal caller, just days after letting him go. It’s apparent that Dan hit the open market, and realized the demand for his services wasn’t that high. He then came back to the Buccaneers, who were willing to bring him back at a cheaper price, and allow him to keep the #2 job until they bring in someone in the draft or one of the remaining free agents. The worst case scenario would be that Orlovsky would remain as the backup going into 2013, and plays about as much as he did in 2012, which is hardly a bad scenario.
This re-signing does nothing to reduce the chances of the Buccaneers bringing in another quarterback this offseason. It does reduce the chances of Adam Weber making the final roster, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone.
The pennies saved on Orlovsky won’t make much of a difference for the Buccaneers going forward, but it might make it easier to justify the signing of a more competitive backup quarterback. So who, if anyone, do you think the Buccaneers bring in to push Josh Freeman? Drop a comment and let us know.