The New Orleans Saints announced that they have signed quarterback Luke McCown to a one-year contract. McCown is an eight-year veteran and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns. McCown has also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and before getting signed by the New Orleans Saints he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars. The signing of McCown gives the Saints more depth at the back-up quarterback position. However, it is very unlikely that McCown will ever see any playing time with the Saints. A Drew Brees deal is allegedly very close to getting done and he will obviously be the starting quarterback when he returns. McCown is another insurance policy for the Saints’ quarterback unit.
Despite playing eight NFL seasons McCown has only played in 20 games totaling 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns. McCown may not have the most experience but he has started nine games which is nine more than the Saints’ current back-up quarterbacks Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield. Furthermore, McCown is just trying to make the most out of the opportunity the Saints have given him and his hard work has obviously paid off with the Saints signing him.
Standing at 6’4″ and weighing 217 pounds McCown is a competent quarterback with good size who can come in and play if needed to. If and when Drew Brees is signed McCown will likely be near the bottom of the depth chart. However, this is the NFL and anything can happen; if McCown continues to make the most of his opportunities he might be able bump Daniel or Canfield for the back-up quarterback role.