Orlovsky's new deal calls for him to make a base salary of $850,000 — a reduction from $2.25 million. He can make up the difference by earning $25,000 for every game he's the No. 2 quarterback. He also can earn $100,000 for every game he's the starting quarterback — a maximum of 10 games and $1 million.
In 2011, Orlovsky was scheduled to earn $2.75 mllion. Instead, he will receive a base salary of $1.375 million.
I would imagine that Orlousy was told to either take a pay cut or hit the road.