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New Orleans Saints re-sign QB Luke McCown, sign LB Nate Stupar

McCown has served as Drew Brees’ backup and as the club’s holder on field goal and PAT attempts since 2013

The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have re-signed quarterback Luke McCown to a two-year contract and signed free agent linebacker Nate Stupar to a three-year contract. The announcements were made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

McCown, 6-4, 217, has served as Drew Brees' backup and as the club's holder on field goal and PAT attempts since 2013. Originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, the 12-year NFL veteran has appeared in 62 career games with 10 starts for five teams and has completed 216-of-356 passes (60.7%) for 2,370 yards with nine touchdowns. He's also carried 34 times for 177 yards (5.2 avg.).

In 2015, McCown played in eight games with one start and completed 32-of-39 passes (81.6%) for 335 yards and a 91.8 rating. When Brees was sidelined with a shoulder injury for the Week Three contest at Carolina, McCown received his first start as a Saint and completed 31-of-38 passes (81.6%) for 310 yards and an 89.7 rating. On Oct. 25 at Indianapolis, he completed a 25-yard pass on a fake field goal attempt, setting up a subsequent, one-yard touchdown to give New Orleans a 7-0 lead in a 27-21 victory.

Stupar, a three-year NFL veteran, first entered the league as a seventh round draft pick (230th overall) of the Oakland Raiders in 2012 out of Penn State. He has appeared in 43 contests and started three games for the Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars and San Francisco 49ers, posting career totals of 30 tackles (24 solo), one sack, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and 28 special teams stops.

A 6-2, 240-pound native of State College, Pa., Stupar played for the Falcons from 2014-15. In 2015, he played in all 16 games with three starts for Atlanta and posted a career-high 30 tackles (24 solo), two passes defensed, one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and a club-best nine special teams stops.

As a four-year letterman at Penn State (2008-11), Stupar played in 52 career games for the Nittany Lions. As a senior, he started nine of 13 games and ranked third on the team with 80 tackles.

Associated Press Photos of new Saints LB Nate Stupar.

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