NFL CAREER – Entering his 11th NFL season, McCown served as Drew Brees’ backup in 2013 and held for all extra point and field goal attempts. Originally a fourth round selection (106th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft by Cleveland, the former Louisiana Tech standout has played in 38 career games with nine starts with the Browns, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Falcons and the Saints. He has completed 184-of-317 passes for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and a 68.5 rating.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with Saints on a one-year contract (UFA-ATL), 4/1/13; Signed by Atlanta Falcons to a one-year contract, 8/28/12; Released by Saints, 8/27/12; Signed a one-year contract with the Saints, 6/7/12; Re-signed by Jaguars to a one-year contract, 2/28/11; Placed on Injured Reserve by Jaguars, 9/21/10; Traded to Jacksonville Jaguars by the Buccaneers, 9/6/09; Re-signed by Buccaneers, 2/9/09; Activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list by Buccaneers, 11/3/06; Placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list by Buccaneers, 8/29/06; Traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers by Browns, 4/24/05; Signed to a five-year contract by Browns, 7/29/04; Selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
2013 – Appeared in all 16 regular season and both postseason contests, serving as Drew Brees’ backup and holding for all PAT and field goal attempts…Threw an incomplete pass on a fake punt at Carolina, Dec. 22. 2012 – Appeared in two games for Atlanta after joining the team at conclusion of training camp, which he spent with New Orleans. Served as backup to Matt Ryan…Appeared in relief of Ryan at San Diego, Sept. 23, and vs. N.Y. Giants, Dec. 16. 2011 – Appeared in four games with two starts for Jaguars, completing 30-of-56 passes for 296 yards with four interceptions in addition to rushing seven times for 23 yards…Started opener and completed 17 passes on 24 attempts for 175 yards, also rushing five times for 10 yards vs. Tennessee, Sept. 11…Appeared in relief of Blaine Gabbert and completed seven-of-11 passes for 62 yards vs. Houston, Nov. 27. 2010 – Played in one contest, completing 11-of-19 passes for 120 yards in addition to four-yard rush at San Diego, Sept. 19, suffering season-ending knee injury at end of contests. 2009 – Appeared in three games and completed one-of-three passes for two yards for Jacksonville. 2008 – Saw action in two contests for Buccaneers and attempted one pass. 2007 – Appeared in five games with three starts, completing 94-of-139 passes for 1,009 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions for a 91.7 passer rating…Started and completed 29-of-37 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns at New Orleans, Dec. 2…Threw for 266 yards, completing 25 passes on 38 attempts at Houston, Dec. 9…Despite not starting, completed 18-of-32 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown at San Francisco, Dec. 23…Started and completed 21-of-28 passes for 236 yards with two touchdowns vs. Carolina, Dec. 30. 2006 – Began season on Physically Unable to Perform list with a partially torn ACL suffered during offseason and did not see any action. 2005 – Inactive for first 10 weeks of season and dressed but did not play the remainder of the year. 2004 – Started four of the five games he appeared in for the Browns, completing 48-of-98 passes for 608 yards with four touchdowns and seven interceptions…Completed 20-of-34 passes for 277 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions vs. New England, Dec. 5…Completed 11-of-27 passes for 108 yards vs. San Diego, Dec. 19…At Miami, Dec. 26, completed nine-of-16 passes for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
COLLEGE – Appeared in 44 games with 43 starts at Louisiana Tech…Set school career records for completions (1,088), attempts (1,827) and passing yards (12,994)…Threw 88 touchdowns, the eighth-most in Division I history at the time he departed…As a senior, completed 246-of-432 passes for 3,246 yards with 19 touchdowns…Completed 296-of-505 passes for 3,539 yards with 19 touchdowns as a junior…Threw for 3,655 yards with 29 touchdowns as a sophomore, completing 302-of-521 passes…As a freshman, completed 244-of-369 passes for 2,544 yards with 21 touchdowns.
PERSONAL – Attended Jacksonville (Texas) HS…Older brothers Randy and Josh both played quarterback. Randy was a starter for Texas A&M from 1997-99 and Josh played at SMU and Sam Houston State and was a third-round pick by Arizona in 2002, who has played for Arizona, Detroit, Oakland, Miami, Carolina, San Francisco and Chicago.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and QBs Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown talk about the backup quarterback position. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown talks about the back up quarterback battle on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown talks with reporters after practice on Monday, August 19, 2013.
New Orleans Saints QB Luke McCown talks with reporters after practice on Wednesday, August 7, 2013.