Lions re-sign backup QB Dan Orlovsky

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News
Dan Orlovsky

The Lions could look for a developmental quarterback in next month’s draft, but their veteran backup will return in 2016.

Dan Orlovksy re-signed with the Lions on Friday, the team announced. Contract details were not disclosed.

The 32-year-old Orlovsky has been Matthew Stafford’s backup the last two seasons, joining the Lions in 2014 in part because of his relationship with coach Jim Caldwell.

A fifth-round pick by the Lions in 2005, Orlovsky spent his first four years in Detroit before going to Houston from 2009-10. He played under Caldwell in Indianapolis in 2011 before going to Tampa Bay in 2012-13. Orlovsky played on a one-year deal each of the past two seasons with the Lions.

Orlovsky didn’t appear in a game for the Lions in 2014, but he played in two last year, including the Week 5 loss to Arizona in which Caldwell benched Stafford in the third quarter. Orlovsky finished last season 22-of-40 for 201 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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