The New Orleans Saints have finally found their backup for superstar quarterback Drew Brees. It was announced today that the team agreed to terms with quarterback Luke McCown on a one-year deal. McCown is “jumping ship” as he served as Matt Ryan’s backup for the rival Atlanta Falcons last season.
McCown was with the Saints last offseason during Brees’ contract holdout, but was released by the team last August. With McCown under contract for this season, the Saints will have finally have some depth behind their starting quarterback.
The Saints losing Chase Daniel to the Kansas City Chiefs left the team with Brees as the only quarterback on the roster. McCown is a quarterback that can come in from time to time and manage the game should Brees need a break or go down with an injury.
McCown has only been a backup for his career and has appeared in 22 games over 10 seasons. However, McCown has thrown for 2,035 yards for nine touchdowns while completing 58.2 percent of his passes. The veteran quarterback is 31-years old and between him and Brees, the Saints’ average age of quarterbacks is now 32.
With Brees under contract until after the 2016 season, the Saints should start planning for the future. He is not getting any younger and McCown is a helpful addition, but the Saints should consider bringing in a young quarterback that Brees can mentor.