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Saints sign QB McCown, RB Banyard

The New Orleans Saints signed quarterback Luke McCown and running back Joe Banyard on Thursday,

McCown, who is entering his ninth NFL season, spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, primarily as a back up to David Garrard and Blaine Gabbert. He appeared in eight games with the Jags completing 42 passes for 418 yards and no touchdowns.

The Louisiana Tech product has appeared in 20 NFL games completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 2,035 yards and nine touchdowns.

Banyard, a rookie out of Texas-El Paso rushed for 1,490 yards and 14 touchdowns in two seasons with the Miners. Banyard transferred from Texas Christian to UTEP in 2009. He was originally signed by Jacksonville following the 2012 NFL Draft.

Both players participated in the Saints minicamp from June 5-7 on a tryout basis.