May 9, 2010

Saints continue to search for backup QB as rookie camp wraps up

On their depth chart, the Saints have Drew Brees at quarterback.  And little else.

Seventh round pick Sean Canfield and rookie free agent auditioners AJ McKenna and Greg Paulus were on the field at the Saints' post-draft minicamp.  Chase Daniel remains on the roster, himself an undrafted rookie from 2009.

That can't be confidence-inspiring. 

Former LSU and now ex-Raider QB Jamarcus Russell drew the typical polite coach remarks from Sean Payton on Sunday, plus this nugget: "We played him a couple of years ago."

Russell had a dismal day against the Saints in October 2008, completing 13 of 35 pass attempts for 159 yards, one interception.  He was sacked twice by DE Bobby McCray.  A telling reference by Payton on the Saints' (lack of) interest.

Mark Brunell, the Saints' primary and often only backup to Brees for the past two seasons, remains a free agent but there is mutual interest between Brunell and the Jets, who cannot sign another free agent yet because of limitations of the Final Eight rules this offseason.  The Saints would like to upgrade from Brunell, 39, but he will remain an option until he signs elsewhere.

The Saints worked out a pair of veteran free agent quarterbacks before the draft, Tulane product Patrick Ramsey and journeyman Josh McCown.  The Saints did pursue Jake Delhomme, who left Carolina but signed in Cleveland this offseason.

Former Saints draft pick Marc Bulger, who has apparently finished his nine year career as a Ram, remains a free agent.

Other free agent quarterbacks: Jeff Garcia, Todd Collins, JP Losman, Brian St. Pierre

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