July 19, 2010

7th round pick Canfield signs as Saints look to solidify backup QB jobs

The Saints have signed seventh round pick QB Sean Canfield from Oregon State.

Canfield is expected to compete against second year, undrafted free agent Chase Daniel, for the third quarterback job, a roster spot that may not be retained anyway.  Either Canfield or Daniel may end up on the practice squad if the Saints choose not to keep three quarterbacks.

The primary backup job is expected to fall for an as-yet unsigned veteran.  The Saints, because of the final league year Final 8 rules, cannot signed an unrestricted free agent until the Thursday.  Former Tulane quarterback Patrick Ramsey, a first round pick of the Redskins in 2002, is an unrestricted free agent and has been rumored to be waiting for Thursday's deadline to accept an offer from the Saints.

Ramsey, who re-wrote much of Tulane's passing record book, is also on the "provisional roster" of the UFL's Omaha Nighthawks, meaning that the startup pro team could sign Ramsey.  Mark Brunell, the Saints' primary backup to Brees for the past two seasons, is rumored to have a similar wait-for-us deal with the New York Jets.

Interestingly, Canfield's contract is a four year deal, not the typical three for late-round picks.  Three deal deals have been a shrinking standard for low-money rookie contracts, allowing teams to keep the player out of the fourth year restricted free agent market.  The Saints reportedly have built escalators into the fourth year.

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