McCown was released by the Cowboys on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. McCown and Kellen Moore were both beaten out by undrafted rookie Cooper Rush. As a vested veteran, McCown is immediately eligible to sign with another team.
McCown (shoulder) didn't play in Saturday's preseason win against the Colts. After serving solely as the holder during the Hall of Fame Game, McCown was less than inspiring in preseason Week 1 against the Rams, completing six of 13 passes for 31 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and two fumbles, one of which he lost. He suffered the injury in the latter outing and has subsequently been held out of practice. Because Kellen Moore has underwhelmed as well during exhibition season, undrafted rookie Cooper Rush has staked his claim to a job with impressive performances, albeit against lesser competition late in games.
The Saints plan to release McCown on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.
The Saints and McCown agreed to a two-year, $3 million contract Thursday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports. McCown was pressed into action in Week 3 due to an absent Drew Brees (foot), touching up the Panthers for 310 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. Thereafter, McCown completed his only other pass of the year before requiring season-ending back surgery in early November. With a deal in hand, the 35-year-old will continue to serve as insurance for Brees, who is two years McCown's senior.
McCown won't play again this season following Tuesday's back surgery, Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. McCown was present on the injury report last week due to a lower back injury, but the severity wasn't clear until he was ruled out for an appearance in Week 9 on Friday. After an evaluation with a specialist Monday, surgery was announced for Tuesday, which will subsequently end his season. In his stead, the Saints will bring Matt Flynn into the fold to serve as Drew Brees' backup.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/01||Los Angeles Rams||4||9.00|
|5||10/08||Green Bay Packers||9||13.00|
|7||10/22||@San Francisco 49ers||15||16.50|
|9||11/05||Kansas City Chiefs||23||19.50|
|12||11/23||Los Angeles Chargers||24||19.50|
|14||12/10||@New York Giants||16||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||84.6||112||0||0||0||0||4|