Saints Sign Luke McCown and Joe Banyard

Here's McCown throwing on the run in Jacksonville last season. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

The Saints have added depth to the team today by signing QB Luke McCown and RB Joe Banyard, two free agent tryout players who performed well at positions of need in the just-completed minicamp.

N_O_1saintfan's Fanshot initially alerted me to this story (update: just noticed that B_Robichaux actually brought it to us first, beating N_O_1 by a few hours), and then I jumped to this piece by Kevin Spain on the nola.com for more details.

You can find more details after the jump.

Here's the bio Spain offered about McCown (click here for full career stats):

McCown, a 6-4, 217-pound quarterback entering his ninth NFL season, is a former fourth-round selection of the Cleveland Browns. A native of Jacksonville, Texas who went on to star at Louisiana Tech, McCown has played in 20 career games with nine starts in stints with Cleveland (2004), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-08) and the Jacksonville Jaguars (2009-11). 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.

And here's the story on Banyard (click here for his draft profile)...

Banyard (5-11, 213) spent his final two years of college eligibility at Texas-El Paso where he rushed for 1,490 yards with 14 touchdowns. As a senior in 2011, he rushed for 867 yards with six touchdowns on 127 carries to go with 12 receptions for 67 yards. The Sweetwater, Texas native played two seasons at UTEP after transferring from Texas Christian. He was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars following the 2012 NFL Draft.

According to Spain, McCown was signed to a one-year contract, while Banyard received a three-year deal.

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I know this isn't the QB signing we were hoping would happen today, but now we've got another camp arm to take reps so Daniel and Canfield don't go all rubber-armed making all those throws until Brees gets back with the team, and we'll just have to wait and see what Banyard brings to the table - maybe he's looking at a possible special teams spot.

What are your thoughts?

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