Patrick Ramsey expected to sign with the Saints
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Patrick Ramsey expected to sign with the Saints

Veteran Free-Agent Quarterback Patrick Ramsey may sign with The New Orleans Saints as early as this week, after the free-agency signing limitations are lifted on Thursday. Ramsey is expected to work out a deal with the Saints, thus giving them a veteran backup quarterback behind Drew Brees @drewbrees. Patrick would be assuming the backup role held by Mark Brunell last year. Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune first reported this possibility over a month ago. Duncan adds that former Carolina Panther QB Josh McCown was also considered. Both quarterbacks visited the team in early April. At that time, the Saint's hands were tied and could not make a signing of their own, due to the uncapped "Final Eight" rule, at least until they loose one of their own, or as of July 22.

Ramsey is 31 years old and is entering his 9th season. He is 6'2" and about 225 pounds. His career stats with the Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions: 511 completed passes of 913 attempts, for a 56% completion ratio. He has accumulated 5,930 yards, averaging 156 per game and 6.5 per attempt. Ramsey has tallied 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions and has been sacked 79 times for a quarterback rating of 74.9. He once even ran for 24 yards on a play! There are no stats for his services with the Detroit Lions for 2009.

Fantasy Analysis:

The Saints are poised to sign Ramsey this week. His addition is expected to be an insurance policy, should Brees sit out for a period of time. Their other QB's Chase Daniel a 2009 undrafted free agent from Missouri is currently the second team QB in OTA's and Sean Canfield, have no real veteran experience. Greg Paulus remains in camp, yet is not a serious candidate for a contract.
Understandably, this does more for the New Orleans Saints than for any individual QB on the roster, but it sure would be nice to see Ramsey looking on the up-swing side of life in the NFL.

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