NFL veteran quarterback Luke McCown has agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints, returning to the team to compete for the backup QB spot.

McCown's agent, Mike McCartney, broke the news on twitter.


As an 11-year veteran, McCown's salary on a one year deal is $970,000, the guaranteed minimum for a veteran that's bee in the league for that length of time.

Under the current NFL CBA, his salary only counts $670,000 against the Saints salary cap, as it is qualified as a minimum salary benefit contract under the current agreement.

McCown has been a backup with the Saints since 2013, but will have to work to remain in that role.

Backup Ryan Griffin out of Tulane will enter this third season next year. Griffin has been signed on and off the practice squad to the active roster the last two seasons, and head  coach Sean Payton thinks highly of his potential.

Griffin was signed to the active roster late in 2014 to assure he wouldn't be available to other NFL teams in the offseason.