Dangling Dan OrlovskyApril 16th, 2013
Joe definitely is entertained by the spin, smokescreens and mysterious jockeying dished out during the offseason by coaches and general managers.
Yesterday delivered a great example. Recently cut and re-signed Dan Orlovsky got an interesting endorsement from Greg Schiano. The head coach was pressed on whether he’s still seeking competition for Josh Freeman, and this was part of Schiano’s response.
“Dan [Orlovsky] is an excellent backup. I believe that,” Schiano said. “At this stage in his career, is he going to go? I don’t know. You know, who knows? I wouldn’t say that’s the plan. So if we get someone in here we do. And if we don’t, we don’t. I’m good with that.
This made Joe chuckle considering the Bucs cut Orlovsky and re-signed him for roughly $350,000 less than his previous 2013 contract, which was voided when he was released. So essentially, the Bucs allowed Orlovsky to be dangled before every GM in the NFL, risking losing “an excellent backup” who knows the offense, to save a piddly amount of money.
Joe supposes legitimate kudos are in order for rockstar general manager Mark Dominik and Schiano for being prudent caretakers of Team Glazer’s cash. But the whole thing is a great illustration of some of the baloney flying around the NFL in April.