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TWENTYMAN: Lions find their backup quarterback in Dan Orlovsky

Posted Apr 2, 2014

Orlovsky spent his first four seasons in the NFL with Detroit. He started seven games in 2008 and completed 143-of-255 passes (56.1 percent) for 1,616 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

The Detroit Lions have found a new backup for Matthew Stafford at quarterback.

New might not be the best word to use in this case, however, because the man they’ve hired to fill the role is a familiar face.

The team and former fifth-round pick Dan Orlovsky have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

Orlovsky will take the place of Shaun Hill, who signed with the St. Louis Rams as a free agent this offseason. Hill had been Stafford’s backup the last four seasons.

Orlovsky spent his first four seasons in the NFL with Detroit, primarily as a backup. He started seven games in 2008 and completed 143-of-255 passes (56.1 percent) for 1,616 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

He then spent time in Houston, Indianapolis and Tampa Bay. He won two games in Indianapolis in 2011 for then Colts head coach Jim Caldwell.

Caldwell, obviously, felt most comfortable having a familiar face backup Stafford.

“We keep looking and we could certainly address it a number of different ways, and all options are open at this time,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Monday when asked about the backup quarterback search after an appearance on ESPN's Mike and Mike show at Ford Field.

Orlovsky’s signing adds a veteran backup with starting experience to the roster, but doesn’t completely close the door on the Lions potentially drafting a quarterback later on in May’s NFL Draft.

“We just need a quality player that can be our backup and go in and function well for us and help us win a game,” Mayhew told beat reporters down at the NFL Annual Meetings.

“It could be a young guy, it could be a draft choice and it could be a veteran guy. We want to find the best guy for that role.”

The Lions have also developed backup quarterback Kellen Moore the last two seasons and he'll be in the mix in training camp, too.