Spending the majority of 2015 as Drew Brees's back-up, Luke McCown started one game in the 2015 NFL regular season, a nail-biting loss to the NFC South rival Carolina Panthers. McCown is now set to resume back up duties in New Orleans, signing a two-year contract to remain in the Crescent City.
In McCown's start against the Panthers, he finished the game 31 for 38 for 310 yards, and was driving the ball down the field on a game-winning drive before a last minute interception by Josh Norman. McCown's other bright spot of the 2015 regular season came in a beautifully executed fake Field Goal to now-Baltimore Raven Benjamin Watson against the Indianapolis Colts. McCown's two-year deal is reportedly worth $3 million, with a $500,000 signing bonus and the ability to be paid $1.5 million in each of the two years.
What this move says about second-year Quarterback Garrett Grayson's future is yet to be determined. Grayson, a third round pick by the Saints in the 2015 NFL Draft, remains on the depth chart, likely slotted behind both Brees and McCown. Whether Grayson is viewed as the long-term heir to Drew Brees is unknown.