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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Bucs add QB depth with Orlovsky

By Pat Yasinskas

This one isn’t quite as big as their recent signings, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to make noise Thursday morning.

The team announced it has signed veteran quarterback Dan Orlovsky. That’s no surprise because it’s no secret the Bucs were looking for a veteran to serve as the top backup to Josh Freeman.

They inquired about David Carr, but he re-signed with the New York Giants. But the Bucs apparently viewed Orlovsky about the same as Carr and quickly worked to sign him to a two-year deal.

The new coaching staff appears ready to let former backup Josh Johnson walk into free agency. Johnson was sometimes used in Wildcat formations as a runner, but never showed much as a passer in the few times he’s had to play. Orlovsky isn’t a runner, but he at least fits the model of a traditional drop-back passer.

Orlovsky has been in the league since 2005, when he came to Detroit as a fifth-round pick and spent three seasons with the Lions before moving onto the Houston Texans. He was with Indianapolis last year and ended up starting five games as the Colts were without Peyton Manning.

Orlovsky has appeared in 21 career games with 12 starts. He’s completed 272-of-465 passes for 2,880 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.