On the first day of voluntary workouts the Saints made three big announcements.
First, the team announced they will not be holding training camp at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. The Saints have held their last three camps at the College since Payton took over as head coach in 2006. Instead the team will stick close to home, opting to stay at their Metairie Practice Facility. It will mark the first time the club has held training camp at Metairie since 2005 and only the fourth time in team history.
Second, the 2009 preseason schedule was released. It looks like the Saints will open with a home game against the Bengals, travel to face the Texans, shoot over to Oakland to play the Raiders, and finally end the preseason back at the Superdome against the Dolphins. The dates are still tentative at this point.
Third, Mickey Loomis released a statement confirming the Saints have signed backup quarterback Joey Harrington. Harrington is a former first round draft choice and eight year NFL veteran. He joined the team as a free agent at the start of the 2008 season seeing no playing time as the third QB behind Mark Brunell.
Harrington has started 76 games during his career compiling 1,424 completions for 14,693 yards with 79 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. He has a career passer rating of 69.4.