Saints whiff on waiver claim for quarterback Connor Shaw

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Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw (9) rolls out against the Washington Redskins during the second half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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The New Orleans Saints thought they had ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback Connor Shaw added to the roster after putting in a waiver claim on Friday afternoon.

The news was originally reported by Pro Football Talk that a claim was put in by the Saints, and ESPN’s Field Yates added that the Saints did claim Shaw and waived tight end Jack Tabb.

Unfortunately, a reported clerical error from the front office prevented the Saints from grabbing Shaw. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan said that the Saints sent an e-mail to the entire league notifying of their intent to claim Shaw, instead of sending it to the NFL office.

Shaw was awarded to the Chicago Bears, who had a higher waiver priority. The Seattle Seahawks also reportedly put in a claim for the undrafted University of South Carolina quarterback, who had just been released by the Cleveland Browns on June 30.

The Saints have publicly stated an intent to add another quarterback to the training camp mix, which would give the team four in addition to Drew Brees, Luke McCown, and Garrett Grayson. This is mainly for competition, so there’s not much to read into the team adding another one to the mix. Honestly, the Bears offer a better situation for Shaw.

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Whether it happens now or later, it does seem like things will be a bit awkward for Jack Tabb. In February, general manager Mickey Loomis made it a point to talk about Tabb on SiriusXM NFL Radio when asked about potentially giving up on Josh Hill. The team currently has seven tight ends on the roster.

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