Atlanta Falcons: McCown signed, Redman released (updated)

Luke McCown when he was playing with Jacksonville. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

Luke McCown when he was playing with Jacksonville. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

The Falcons shakeup at quarterback continued with the signing of Luke McCown and release of backup Chris Redman Tuesday. The move comes two days after the Falcons waived John Parker Wilson, who was the No. 3 quarterback the last three seasons behind Matt Ryan and Redman.

McCown (6-foot-3, 212 pounds) played the past three seasons for the Jaguars, where new Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter was on staff. In eight games, including two starts, McCown completed 42 of 78 passes for 418 yards. He signed with the Saints prior to training camp and was released Monday when the team trimmed its roster to 75 players.

McCown, 31, was a fourth-round draft pick (No. 106 overall) by the Browns in 2004. For his career, he has appeared in 20 games, including nine starts, completing 184 of 316 passes for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also played for the Buccaneers after being traded from the Browns in 2005.

Redman, 35, spent five seasons with the Falcons. He appeared in five games last season in relief of Ryan, completing 18 of 28 attempts for 188 yards. He was re-signed to a one-year, $825,000 deal during the offseason after completing a two-year, $5.6 million contract. With the Falcons, Redman appeared in 20 games, including six starts, and completed 286 of 500 passes for 3,179 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The Falcons also have undrafted rookie quarterback Dominique Davis on the roster. According to coach Mike Smith, a decision has not yet been made on how many quarterbacks will be on the 53-man active roster. Last season Wilson started the season on the practice squad after clearing waivers. He was moved to the active roster when Minnesota wanted to sign him in December.

Davis would have to clear waivers in order to be signed to the practice squad.

“In terms of putting your active roster together, it is so fluid in the last five or six days of training camp and you try to massage it based on a number of factors,” Smith said. “Injuries are going to take a part in the decision making process as well. No roster since we’ve been here has been the same in terms of the number of players we are going to have at each position.”

- Chris Vivlamore

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213 comments Add your comment

Jim

August 28th, 2012
1:51 pm

Wow, didn’t see that coming. I guess McCown was much cheaper.

Cejay

August 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

Good move, Davis should be No.2

Jordan

August 28th, 2012
1:55 pm

Wasn’t really impressed with Redman’s pre-season play, I guess McCown is a stopper for the meantime until Davis gets ready to serve as backup.

can't believe it

August 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

and he knows the Saints playbook!!!! Love it

Decon

August 28th, 2012
1:58 pm

This was dumb. I was all for Dominique Davis getting #2 but WHAT IF he’s not ready if Ryan gets hurt?

The Real Rick

August 28th, 2012
1:59 pm

Didnt see that coming at all……but I love it! Shaking things up in obvious places….I hope we can find some linemen as well….still would like to see if merriman has anything in the tank too!

The Real Rick

August 28th, 2012
1:59 pm

Didnt see that coming at all……but I love it! Shaking things up in obvious places….I hope we can find some linemen as well….still would like to see if merriman has anything in the tank too!?…

Waffle House

August 28th, 2012
1:59 pm

Wow…new era!!!

Nique

August 28th, 2012
2:00 pm

Now here’s a surprise!!!! Luke McCown sucks though, which pretty much means that it was a $ move & that D. Davis is officially our # 2 guy which is ok with me!!! I’m ecstatic to see it & glad that they’re giving the young guy the chance that he deserves & has earned!

The Real Rick

August 28th, 2012
2:02 pm

Decon McGowan at least knows koetters system….we are in a better place than with redman….DD is great but relying on an undrafted rookie doesn’t make sense

Samuel

August 28th, 2012
2:05 pm

He was too comfortable being a back-up, besides you could bat down his passes easily. I guess now Davis will be the back-up.

MAC DADDY

August 28th, 2012
2:06 pm

Davis is shown that he is ready to perform at this level. He only got 5 minutes of play in game 2 and scored a touch down and also scored a touch down against Miami. If Davis is not #2, we have serious problems in Atlanta Falcons football.

MAC DADDY

August 28th, 2012
2:07 pm

Sorry, Davis has shown

ParanoidAndroid

August 28th, 2012
2:07 pm

YES!! about time. I’m still annoyed that they wasted precious snaps on Redman and JPW when they were obviously not fit for this league.

Nique

August 28th, 2012
2:07 pm

Now here’s a surprise!!!! A pleasant one, but a surprise none the less! I’m ecstatic that they are giving Davis the opportunity that he has earned & he deserves! Having Davis as our # makes complete sense, Redman’s $ was to high to be outplayed like he was by the rook!

Joe Tess Fish House

August 28th, 2012
2:08 pm

Davis should be the strater instead of numer 3.

Jo

August 28th, 2012
2:08 pm

so we get rid of the super mediocre for…the super mediocre…..just a shell game to me and this guy doesnt even know the plays yet….

Rod "straight outta Augusta" Johnson

August 28th, 2012
2:10 pm

Don’t be fooled by this signing…this clearly paves the way for Dominique Davis. McGowan may only be a filler for last preseason game.

First time Season Tix Holder

August 28th, 2012
2:10 pm

See what they are doing here?

Getting a QB familiar with Koetter.
Getting a QB that has some knowledge of the Saints offence.

Brian Hunt

August 28th, 2012
2:10 pm

I would like to thank Chris Redman for his time in a Falcons uniform. They would not have had back to back winning seasons for the first time without him tossing the game winner against Tampa in 2009. I wish him success in his next endeavor.

Singletary

August 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Fare the well, Chris. You played a few beast games of ball during that 2007 even with poor coaching. I’m also a Davis fan. More importantly to make all QB’s successful is someone to make Baker work for the LT position. Svitek controlled that side much better than he ever has. Earn it or lose it.

Singletary

August 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Fare the well, Chris. You played a few beast games of ball during that 2007 even with poor coaching. I’m also a Davis fan. More importantly to make all QB’s successful is someone to make Baker work for the LT position. Svitek controlled that side much better than he ever has. Earn it or lose it.

Singletary

August 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Fare the well, Chris. You played a few beast games of ball during that 2007 even with poor coaching. I’m also a Davis fan. More importantly to make all QB’s successful is someone to make Baker work for the LT position. Svitek controlled that side much better than he ever has. Earn it or lose it.

Singletary

August 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Fare the well, Chris. You played a few beast games of ball during that 2007 even with poor coaching. I’m also a Davis fan. More importantly to make all QB’s successful is someone to make Baker work for the LT position. Svitek controlled that side much better than he ever has. Earn it or lose it.

The Real Rick

August 28th, 2012
2:13 pm

Ditto @brian

Hurricane Issac Hayes

August 28th, 2012
2:14 pm

If Issac were an enema, it would be hitting the correct insertion point. I’m sure McCown is glad to be out of that open cesspool.
I hope Redman and JPW make it somewhere. Both seemed like good guys.

Mr. Panic Button

August 28th, 2012
2:16 pm

WHAT??? I can’t believe they got rid of “hand the ball off” Redman.

Finally

August 28th, 2012
2:17 pm

This has been way overdue. Watching the pre-season games this year and previous I was struck by the drop off when the back ups came in. I knew that a better back up had to exist. I am not sure McCown is it, but it is a step.

ParanoidAndroid

August 28th, 2012
2:18 pm

Redmans contributions to this team were commendable. Especially after selling insurance. Coming in and looking better than a former Heisman candidate. But that was then and its time for DD to take the #2. Luke will not make the final cut people.

D.J. Shockley

August 28th, 2012
2:21 pm

Hey Redmon, Geico is hiring..

Esquire

August 28th, 2012
2:26 pm

Wow! Guess my GM days are done! Lol……what a shocker.

morn

August 28th, 2012
2:32 pm

stupid, stupid move, what idiot came up with this one? Redmans numbers are fantastic compared to this guy and he knows the system, just stupid

Esquire

August 28th, 2012
2:32 pm

can’t believe it

August 28th, 2012
1:56 pm
and he knows the Saints playbook!!!! Love it
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Knows it? Hell, he’s got a copy of it!!

Singletary
August 28th, 2012
2:13 pm
Fare the well, Chris. You played a few beast games of ball during that 2007 even with poor coaching.
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I echo Singletary’s comments, however only once.

Seriously Chris………..you were stellar at the position…..being a clipbaord toting back up but ready to go at a stubbed toes notice, it aint easy.

falcon

August 28th, 2012
2:36 pm

Now get a Damon LT

SirReal

August 28th, 2012
2:38 pm

Well it looks like the ride’s over for those two. It’s about time. I agree with Brian. Its a classy way to say goodbye and how I can be sad for a guy who basically made a few mill from being able to 1) workout and stay in shape 2) eat all the great food at the team’s facility 3) Travel to different cities 4) and make a couple million in the process. We should all be so lucky.LOL

Kramer

August 28th, 2012
2:40 pm

Thanks for your time Chris but, this was the right move. I would say Davis will be our #2 QB sooner rather then later.

ParanoidAndroid

August 28th, 2012
2:40 pm

Have you seen Redman in preseason or training camp? He did not come ready to play this year. He is getting paid way too much to be that bad.

It’s refreshing to see that the coaches are actually serious about open competition this year. Watch out Ray, Kroy and Travian want your job.

Rey

August 28th, 2012
2:41 pm

Let me go out on a limb and say this. I think Davis is not only a better qb than Redman, but possibly even better than Matt Ryan.

He just lacks the experience and given the opportunity could make things very interesting next year.

North FLA Falcon

August 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

Great move. We do not tolerate complacency any more.

Esquire

August 28th, 2012
2:44 pm

Reprinted without permission:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers-During week 13 of the 2007 NFL season, McCown produced his finest performance as an NFL quarterback, throwing for 313 yards and 2 touchdowns during an emergency start for the injured Jeff Garcia in Tampa Bay’s 27-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Nique

August 28th, 2012
2:51 pm

We should go pick up Chris Cooley who was just released by the Redskins, Fred Davis is going to be the # 1 out there

Go Birds!

August 28th, 2012
2:54 pm

If you really know football – you know that Redman was actually a very good back up QB. For all you haters of Redman – I’d like to know all the backup QB’s in this league that you think were better than Chris. Here’s what I know – if Matt goes down, not having Chris is going to hurt us. Davis is a very good young talent – but if you think he’s ready to play 4 full qtrs against first string D’s in the NFL – you’re on crack!

Steve From Dalton

August 28th, 2012
2:55 pm

All well and good, but we need to pick up some O line help.

GT GRAD

August 28th, 2012
2:55 pm

Good move……..McCown is better than Redman and JPW.

ParanoidAndroid

August 28th, 2012
2:57 pm

DD better than Ryan. Lol. How short people’s memories are. 11-5 during rookie season. Last year broke the Falcons passing record. Led tons of game winning drives. Leader of the team.

Slick

August 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

You guys kill me. Yeah, Davis has looked good but he’s been playing against players who go back to their regular jobs this week. So slow down. He may end up being number 2, but it wont be this year. If Ryan gets hurt this new guy is starting.

Falcon 228

August 28th, 2012
3:03 pm

Not a good move but necessary. It was just time to move on.

Falcon 228

August 28th, 2012
3:03 pm

Not a good move but necessary. It was just time to move on.

Falcon 228

August 28th, 2012
3:03 pm

Not a good move but necessary. It was just time to move on.

ATLSWAG

August 28th, 2012
3:05 pm

LAST CHANCE FOR MATT RYAN TO STEP THIS YEAR IF NOT DAVIS WILL TAKE HIS SPOT!