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 . 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.