The Saints have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with backup quarterback Luke McCown, according to agent Mike McCartney (via Twitter). The announcements comes on the heels of head coach Sean Payton expressing this morning that he’d like the club to re-sign the veteran signal-caller.
McCown, who has also played for the Browns, Bucs, Jaguars, and Falcons, will be returning to New Orleans for a second season. In 2013, the 32-year-old didn’t see much action behind a healthy Drew Brees, appearing in just three games for the Saints. McCown misfired on his only pass attempt of the season.
The Saints also have youngster Ryan Griffin under contract, and Payton had high praise for him this morning as well (Twitter link via Mike Triplett of ESPN.com). Still, McCown will probably enter the summer as the favorite to be Brees’ primary backup.
Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but McCown undoubtedly won’t make out as well as his older brother Josh McCown, who signed a two-year, $10MM deal with the Bucs earlier this month. Luke’s contract is more likely to be a minimum salary benefit deal, which is what he played on in 2013.