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Pats ink QB Seneca Wallace to one-year contract

4/16/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

The New Orleans Saints added competition to the backup job behind quarterback Drew Brees by signing free agent Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract, general manager Mickey Loomis announced on Monday.
 
Seneca Wallace was not on the roster with any team last season after being released by the Cleveland Browns in training camp. During the two seasons he spent with the Cleveland Browns, Seneca Wallace went 1-6 as a starter. But the nine-year veteran Seneca Wallace has remained a career backup, only starting a total of 21 games during his stops at Cleveland and Seattle.
 
In New Orleans Seneca Wallace is expected to assume a similar position, competing with another former Cleveland Brown quarterback, Luke McCown, who signed with the Saints last month.  The New Orleans Saints had a gap at backup quarterback ever since Chase Daniels left for the Kansas City Chiefs during free agency, after serving four seasons at the position.
 
The New Orleans Saints still look for a developmental quarterback towards the mid or end of the draft, but the team seems to have more pressing needs at a few other positions. There is also the possibility of signing an undrafted free agent and developing him for the backup role, as the New Orleans Saints previously did with Chase Daniels.
 
Originally a fourth-round selection by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2004 NFL draft, Seneca Wallace spent seven seasons with the team before joining the Cleveland Browns in 2010. Seneca Wallace is a 59.2 percent career passer, throwing for 4,808 yards, 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
 
Seneca Wallace drew interest from both the Seattle Seahawks as well as Oakland Raiders during the offseason, and was last week rumored to be close to a deal with the later. However, the Oakland Raiders passed on Seneca Wallace to come back later for second look, before the New Orleans Saints took initiative. The Seattle Seahawks also chose to sign Brady Quinn instead as backup to quarterback Russell Wilson.
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