The New Orleans Saints appear to have already made a move in free agency for the 2015 roster. NOLA.com’s Evan Woodbery reports that the team is bringing back veteran quarterback Luke McCown for at least one more season.
"McCown, who would have been an unrestricted free agent in March, signed a one-year deal worth $970,000, the league minimum for a player with 10 years of service time, according to NFLPA records. The deal also includes an $80,000 signing bonus and a $350,000 guarantee, according to a league source.McCown’s agent confirmed the deal on Twitter Thursday morning."
McCown has backed up Drew Brees for the past two seasons after a brief one-year stint with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012. McCown’s primary role is in special teams, serving as the field goal and extra point attempt holder. He only has one attempt to his name in his time with the black and gold.
McCown, who turns 34 on July 12, saw a great deal of action in the preseason last year, and performed well overall. He was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns as a 4th round pick in 2004. Many are familiar with his older brother, Josh, who plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Many felt that Tulane sensation, Ryan Griffin, would edge out McCown in last year’s quarterback battle, but the team opted to keep both quarterbacks.
There was a report from NFL’s Ian Rapoport that the Saints would be looking to draft a quarterback high in the 2015 NFL Draft, but that seems highly unlikely with the return of McCown.
The quarterback training camp battle will once again be subtly interesting.