Luke McCown getting shot with Saints

METAIRIE, La. -- It wasn’t Drew Brees, but the New Orleans Saints had a third quarterback on the field as they opened a three-day minicamp Tuesday morning.

NFL veteran Luke McCown is going through the minicamp on a tryout basis and could be signed after the camp.

“With Drew’s situation, I’m just looking for an opportunity right now,’’ McCown said. “And this is a good team to be with. Their offense is similar to what I was in with (Jon) Gruden in Tampa Bay.’’

In addition to playing for Tampa Bay, McCown also had stints with Cleveland and Jacksonville. McCown hasn’t played a lot, but he’s made nine NFL starts. That’s nine more than Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield, the only two quarterbacks currently on the roster.

Brees is carrying the franchise tag and hasn’t signed his tender. Brees and the team said the goal is a long-term deal. Assistant coach Joe Vitt has said all along that he’s confident the situation will be resolved in a positive manner.

Vitt said that again Tuesday, and said he expects Brees to be with the Saints for the start of training camp. Vitt said he’s not worried that Brees has missed time with the team.

“Nobody’s going to come in in better shape than Drew,’’ Vitt said.