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Welcome Back: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Bring Back Dan Orlovsky

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?

Dan Orlovsky.

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.

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  • RussMillerWY

    Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen, or… JaMarcus Russell. Hahahahaha! They’re going to draft somebody. The cupboard is bare. However, the world just saw them give their current #2 quarterback what is likely a drastic pay cut just because they could. If I was a free agent qb, I’d prefer to take a job in Canada before casting my lot with the Bucs.

    As for trades, since the Cards acquired Carson Palmer, they have at least one qb who now looks like an overpaid third stringer (both Stanton and Hoyer are scheduled to make at least $2 million this year). Stanton could probably beat out Orlovsky. The only current NFL backup qb who is being dangled as trade bait and has the talent, size and arm strength to catch up to Freeman, though, is Ryan Mallett.

    Personally, I’m really starting to think all the buzz about the Bucs looking to upgrade the qb position this year was just the media hearing what they wanted to hear and blowing ordinary, vague quotes about “wanting to have competition at every position” waaaaay out of proportion. Especially since this was an offseason during which both free agency and the draft had little to offer.