Mar 26, 2014 1:56 PM by Dave Fields
Drew Brees once again will be able to rely on quarterback Luke McCown to have his back in 2014, the New Orleans Saints announced Wednesday.
Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis told media that the current Saints backup would return to the team on a one-year contract.
The 6-4, 217-pound signal-caller enters his 11th NFL season in the NFL. McCown is a 2004 fourth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns who, in addition to his role as Drew Brees' backup in 2013, held kicks for the team's two kickers last season.
The Jacksonville, Tex., native starred at Louisiana Tech, McCown and has now played in 38 career NFL games, with nine starts. McCown spent time on the rosters of Cleveland (2004), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-08), the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-11), the Atlanta Falcons (2012) and the Saints (2013). He has completed 184-of-317 career pass attempts for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a passer rating of 68.3. He has also rushed 34 times for 177 yards (5.2 avg.).
In 2013, McCown appeared in all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests as the club's holder. In the regular season, he threw one incomplete pass and also had three rushes for -4 yards. Last preseason, McCown completed 32-of-49 passes for 378 yards (65.3%) with four touchdowns, one interception and a 107.4 passer rating.