Saints quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was battling Luke McCown to become Drew Brees’ backup, has been released, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Wallace, 33, was 3 of 6 for 32 yards and one interception in the Saints' 28-20 victory against the Oakland Raiders in a preseason game on Friday.
Wallace began fighting an uphill battle for the backup quarterback job when he strained a groin during training camp and missed four days of practice as well as the first preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Aug. 9.
His main competition with the Saints, Luke McCown, completed 18 of the 28 passes he attempted in the 17-13 win against Kansas City for 216 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Through two weeks of preseason play, McCown’s yardage against the Chiefs was the NFL’s single-game high.
Wallace got plenty of work with the second-team offense in practices leading up to the Raiders game, but he struggled badly after he was subbed in with 31 seconds left in the first half.
Aside from the interception he threw, Wallace also fumbled at the Saints’ 1-yard line when he was sacked from behind by Raiders defensive end David Bass. Oakland defensive end Ryan Robinson recovered the fumble and scored a touchdown.
The Saints pulled Wallace out of the Oakland game with 12:29 to play and let undrafted rookie quarterback Ryan Griffin finish the game.
Griffin went 5 of 6 passing for 69 yards against Oakland and 4 of 9 passing for 27 yards against Kansas City.
Wallace, 33, is five years removed from his best season, 2008, when he passed for 1,532 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions in eight starts for the Seattle Seahawks. He played in Seattle from 2003 to 2009 before going to the Cleveland Browns for the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
Over the following three seasons, Wallace passed for just 1,961 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions. He reported to training camp in 2012 with the Browns, who cut him at the end of preseason, preferring to enter Week 1 with quarterbacks Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy and Thaddeus Lewis.
Wallace sat out all of last season, and New Orleans picked him up after the Chiefs’ acquisition in March of quarterback Chase Daniel.
Days before facing Oakland, Wallace told The Advocate he didn’t view the game as his “only shot” to prove he deserved to be considered for the Saints’ No. 2 quarterback job.
“That’s not what it is,” Wallace said. “We have (more) preseason games left, and this is just one of the processes to go through.”
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