Saints agree to terms with Coleman, McCown

The New Orleans Saints filled more spots on the depth chart Monday when they agreed to contract terms with a pair of unrestricted free agents: defensive end Kenyon Coleman and quarterback Luke McCown.

Coleman spent the past two seasons as a starting defensive end in the Dallas Cowboys’ 3-4 alignment under new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

McCown, who played his college ball at Louisiana Tech, served as Matt Ryan’s backup with the Atlanta Falcons in 2012 after spending the spring and summer with the Saints.

Both players agreed to one-year deals.

Coleman, who will turn 34 on April 10, became the second former Cowboys player to join the Saints in the past five days. Outside linebacker Victor Butler agreed to a three-year contract Thursday.

Like Coleman, Butler played the past two seasons under Ryan with the Cowboys.

An 11-year veteran, the 6-feet-5, 293-pound Coleman has played in 141 games with 81 starts with the Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and two stints with the Cowboys.

While with the Browns, Coleman played for Ryan and followed him to Dallas. He started 15 games in 2011 but was limited to seven games and five starts in 2012 before going on injured reserve with a triceps injury.

Coleman, who is regarded as a solid run-stopper, will certainly get a chance to help the Saints there. They finished last in rushing yards allowed per game (147.6) and yards per rush (5.3) while setting an NFL single-season record in giving up 7,042 total yards.

He’ll likely vie with Will Smith and Cameron Jordan for playing time at the ends in their new 3-4 front.

A fifth-round draft pick of the Raiders in 2002, Coleman has career totals of 400 tackles, 131/2 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and seven passes defensed.

The 31-year-old McCown, a 10-year veteran, will likely be the primary backup to Drew Brees after Chase Daniel signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on the first day of free agency, March 12.

A 6-4, 217-pounder who entered the NFL as a fourth-round draft pick of the Browns in 2004, McCown has played in 22 games with nine starts with the Browns, Tampa Bay Bucs, Jacksonville Jaguars and Falcons.

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.

McCown was signed by the Saints last spring when Brees was sitting out while negotiating a new contract but didn’t get much of a chance when training camp started behind Brees, Daniel and Sean Canfield.

McCown was released on Aug. 27, while Canfield, a seventh-round draft pick in 2010, was waived on the final cut four days later.

The Saints will likely add another quarterback to the roster, possibly Canfield, before their organized team activities begin in May and will certainly have at least three when training camp opens in late July.