Falcons Pickup QB Luke McCown; Dump Former Backup Chris Redmen

If Matt Ryan goes down at some point in 2012, the Falcons will have someone new behind him.

Chris Redman, who spent the last four seasons as Atlanta’s No. 2 quarterback, was released Tuesday so the team could sign Luke McCown.

McCown spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making two starts among his eight appearances. He worked with Dirk Koetter, who is now the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, which undoubtedly contributed to the decision to bring in someone new to back up Ryan.

Originally a fourth-round pick by Cleveland in 2004, McCown also played with Tampa Bay. He signed with New Orleans before the start of training camp this year, but was cut by the Saints on Monday.

One day later, he had a new team.

Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons, the last four as Ryan’s little-used reserve. Redman struggled in the preseason, completing just 53 percent of his passes with one interception.

The signing of McCown completes a shake-up at the quarterback position behind Ryan.


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