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Dan Orlovsky helps recruit former teammate Dallas Clark

Dallas Clark suggested today that he had opportunities to sign elsewhere before agreeing to terms with the Bucs. So, why did he opt to come to Tampa Bay?

One reason, perhaps, was Dan Orlovsky. No, really.

The Bucs backup quarterback, Orlovsky was a teammate of Clark's in Indianapolis last season, and Clark got a bit of a sales pitch from Orlovsky before signing his contract.

"I called him and gave him my piece on how things are down here," Orlovsky said. "I gave it my best sales job, but it probably wasn’t much of a difference."

What Orlovsky really wanted to talk about was what Clark adds to the Bucs' offense -- both on and off the field.

"It’s great to have him," Orlovsky said. "His career speaks for itself in what he’s accomplished. He’s going to add great veteran leadership. He’s played in a lot of big, big games. For a young team, that’s going to be good to have around. I think the biggest thing guys will be able to get from him is watching him work every day and do his job and go about business the right way. You don’t play nine years in this league and have the success that he has by not working at your craft and getting it right.

"I think it’s a great addition for us."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 4:13pm]


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