Saints, backup quarterback McCown agree to one-year deal

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAY -- Saints quarterback Luke McCown warms up before a preseason game against the Houston Texans on Aug. 25. McCown played with the Falcons last season, serving as a backup to Matt Ryan. Show caption
Associated Press photo by ERIC GAY -- Saints quarterback Luke McCown warms up before a preseason game against the Houston Texans on Aug. 25. McCown played with the Falcons last season, serving as a backup to Matt Ryan.

Luke McCown, the second-string backup to Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees in 2013, has agreed to re-join New Orleans on a one-year deal, both his agent and team announced via Twitter.

Terms were not immediately disclosed.

“Congrats to Veteran QB Luke McCown agreeing to a 1 year contract with the @Saints,” McCown’s agent Michael McCartney tweeted in the early afternoon Wednesday. The Saints then confirmed the move in a separate tweet.

McCown spent the vast majority of the 2013 season — his first in New Orleans — holding for kickers Garrett Hartley (released following Week 15) and Shayne Graham (who took over in Week 16). He only attempted one pass in the regular season, which fell incomplete at the end of an unsuccessful fake field goal try in a Week 16 loss at Carolina.

Last preseason, McCown won the No. 2 quarterback job in New Orleans after going 32-of-49 passing for 378 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. He has seven seasons of prior NFL experience.

There was speculation McCown might be targeted in free agency by the Detroit Lions to back up Matthew Stafford there. Former Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi took the offensive coordinator’s job in Detroit in January.

McCown, though, will remain in New Orleans for now.

The Saints’ third quarterback in 2013 was Ryan Griffin, who made the team as an undrafted rookie out of Tulane and is under contract through 2015.