Saints re-sign quarterback Luke McCown to two-year deal

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Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Luke McCown (7) throws during the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason NFL football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints have re-signed veteran quarterback Luke McCown to a 2-year deal, according to reports.

The news broke this evening by NFL Insider Ian Rapoport.

The deal is reportedly worth $3 million, with a $500,000 signing bonus attached.

Luke McCown, who turned 34 in July, has been with the team since the 2013 season, and found himself starting in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers due to a Drew Brees injury. Although McCown and the Saints ultimately lost the game, the impact of the veteran quarterback was impressive.

McCown reportedly visited the Indianapolis Colts earlier Thursday, but the Saints clearly stopped him from becoming Andrew Luck’s backup. Up until this deal, Luke McCown has been subject to one-year deals with the black and gold, earning the league minimum.

McCown is not guaranteed a final spot on the 2016 roster, but figures to be the backup to Brees at this point with Garrett Grayson competing. It’s common for the Saints to have multiple quarterbacks at training camp, but I honestly would have thought that Matt Flynn merited another opportunity with the team. The Saints have worked hard to maintain their own this offseason, signing players like Senio Kelemete, Travaris Cadet, Kai Forbath, Tim Lelito, and Josh Hill.