Luke McCown was signed by the Saints and will likely backup Drew Brees. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
The New Orleans Saints signed quarterback Luke McCown on Monday to backup starter Drew Brees, the team announced.
The team needed a backup when Chase Daniel went to the Kansas City Chiefs after signing a three-year deal offer worth over $3 million per season.
McCown, who played last season for the Atlanta Falcons, hasn't started a game since Week 2 of the 2011 season when he was benched after throwing four interceptions in a loss to the New York Jets when he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McCown, a 6-4, 217-pound signal-caller entering his 10th NFL season, is a former fourth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns who went to training camp with the Saints in 2012. A native of Jacksonville, Texas who went on to star at Louisiana Tech, McCown has played in 22 career games with nine starts in stints with Cleveland (2004), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-08), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-11) and the Atlanta Falcons (2012). He has completed 184-of-316 career pass attempts for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a passer rating of 68.5.