The Saints have agreed to terms with seventh round draft pick QB Sean Canfield. The deal is for four years in which he will receive the rookie standard base salary of 320K, 405K, 490K and 575K throughout the contract.
Canfield will also receive a signing bonus as well as an escalator clause in the fourth year of the contract that will significantly increase the value barring he meets the performance requirements.
Canfield is the second of the Saints 2010 draft class to sign after fourth round selection Al Woods also agreed to a four year deal last week for an undisclosed amount.
The Saints made Canfield their seventh round selection in this years draft after a rocky collegiate career marred with injury.
However a healthy Canfield emerged and during his senior season at Oregon State he passed for 3,271 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions while leading the Beavers to an 8-5 record overall.
Canfield was considered on of the top QB prospects in the 2010 draft slipping down to a seventh round steal for the Saints.
Expected to compete for the backup QB spot alongside Chase Daniel, and possibly Greg Paulus, Canfield has garnered mixed reviews so far this off-season for his ability to pick up the offense quickly yet struggling to find open receivers down field.
Currently Chase Daniel is the front runner as Brees’ primary backup for the upcoming 2010 season but the battle between he and Canfield will be one to watch when training camp kicks off July 29th.