Dan Orlovsky - AP

Rather than sign a contract to play backup to Dante Culpepper, former UConn Huskies and Detroit Lions quarterback Dan Orlovsky plans to see what’s out there on the free agent market.

“They made an offer, but I’m going to test the market and see what’s out there for me,” Orlovsky said Monday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I’m pretty confident that I’m going to get a better offer.”

“You question how come he just got given the job,” Orlovsky said in a phone interview. “I mean, you’re not going to restructure somebody’s deal and say, ‘Oh, it’s a competition.’ So it’s tough.

“I think looking at the film and watching Sundays and looking at the statistics, it doesn’t make sense why the move was made to me, from my end.”

“I want to be back in Detroit, but this is an important decision and I want to make sure I make the right decision.”

You can’t blame Orlovsky for wanting a chance to start. Even though he was part of the worst team in NFL history, he was the best quarterback they had all season.

Orlovsky threw for 1,616 yards last season with 8 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 10 games (7 starts).

Lions’ Orlovsky picking free agency over backup role [Detroit Free Press]

What is Lions QB Dan Orlovsky waiting for? [MLive.com]