Back in 2005 the Lions thought quarterback Dan Orlovsky could be part of their future. Now the Lions believe he can part of their present.

The Lions on Tuesday signed Orlovsky to replace Shaun Hill as the backup to Matthew Stafford. Orlovsky was signed to a one-year deal.

Hill signed with the Rams last week. The Lions were also believed to be interested in Luke McCown, who signed back with the Saints.

Orlovsky, 30, was drafted by the Lions in the fifth round in 2005. He didn’t play much in his first three seasons, but was rushed into action in 2008. He made seven mostly forgettable starts in that winless season.

In the five years since then he has played a total of 12 games for Houston, Indianapolis and most recently Tampa Bay.