With Drew Brees being the only quarterback on the roster, the New Orleans Saints decided to bring in Luke McCown to back him up. However, it appears that McCown will have some competition for the backup quarterback position as the Saints signed Seneca Wallace to a one-year deal today.
The nine-year veteran joins the Saints as the third quarterback on the roster and will be competing to be Brees’ full-time back up. Wallace is a versatile veteran that will give the Saints a new dimension at quarterback. Furthermore, Wallace’s experience could serve the team well and will make a nice insurance policy should Brees go down with an injury.
Wallace started his career with the Seattle Seahawks and played with the Cleveland Browns the past two seasons. Wallace has played in 62 games with 21 starts so far in his NFL career. Wallace has thrown for 4,808 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in his career.
Furthermore, Wallace has rushed for 293 yards and has even had 106 receiving yards off of six receptions. Wallace’s versatility will be an asset for the Saints and he will likely beat out McCown to be the backup quarterback for the Saints.
With McCown and Wallace in the fold, the Saints are not likely to go after any more quarterbacks in free agency. However, it might behoove the team if they started looking at some young quarterback prospects in the NFL draft. There is no doubt that Brees has plenty of good playing years left, but the Saints might want to consider bringing in a young quarterback for Brees to mentor.
Right now, the average age of the Saints’ quarterbacks is 32, with Brees being the oldest at 34. I know McCown and Wallace were brought in as short-term fixes for the backup quarterback position, but in the near future the Saints should bring in some young quarterback talent.
The signing of Wallace was a good move for the Saints as they now have good depth behind Brees. The Saints have been making clever signings this offseason and they will only help the team next season.