Dan Orlovsky got his wish for a chance to start as he signed a 3 year deal with the Houston Texans today (he also got his wish to play throwing to a top WR -- Andre Johnson vs Calvin Johnson) as the "backup" to the inconsistent and injury prone Matt Schaub. Considering the number of games that he has missed, DanO's chance to get, and then try to hold, a starting are pretty decent. Good for you DanO. We'll miss you.
If you're wondering why the Lions didn't re-sign him, or why he decided to enter FA -- see what Don Banks had to say about his contract:
Orlovsky deal astounds
Maybe the most astounding contract I've seen handed out so far in free agency is not the Albert Haynesworth deal in Washington, it's the Dan Orlovsky signing in Houston. The Texans reportedly gave the ex-Lions quarterback a three-year deal worth $9.15 million, including a $2.4 million signing bonus, to take over the backup spot that was vacated by the trade of Sage Rosenfels to Minnesota.
I'm guessing a 2.4 million signing bonus and that kind of salary were not in Detroit's offer, even if he was to get a shot at starting...
Still no news on Cory Smith. I (or one of our astute readers) will update you as soon as more is known. He is a FA, but he is someone who could have been re-signed to provide depth in the DE rotation in what has now become an even thinner FA DE market this ifseason.