Saints grab Falcons' backup QB

It may be April, but the NFC South’s best rivalry is in midseason form.

The New Orleans Saints just announced quarterback Luke McCown has signed with them after spending last season with the Atlanta Falcons. Presumably, the Falcons wanted to keep McCown, who had deep ties to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, as Matt Ryan’s backup.

Instead, McCown now will be the backup to Drew Brees. The Saints have been in the market for a backup since Chase Daniel signed with Kansas City early in free agency. McCown spent part of the 2012 offseason with the Saints.

Losing McCown isn’t the end of the world for the Falcons. They are high on Dominique Davis, who made the team as an undrafted free agent last season. But the Falcons now may have to go shopping for a veteran backup.

No matter how high they are on Davis, it would be a risky move to have a guy that never has taken an NFL snap as the only thing standing between a Ryan injury and disaster.