Saints Backup QB Competition to be Between Vets Harrington and Brunell

The New Orleans Saints have one of, if not the best QB in the league in Drew Brees. While that much is fact, who is going to be Brees’ backup for the 2009 season is very much still up in the air. The News Star reports that the battle for the backup job appears to be coming down to two veteran guys – Mark Brunell and Joey Harrington.

“Those two are going to compete for that position, much like most of these jobs,” coach Sean Payton said about Brunell and Harrington. Harrington was the third-string QB most of 2008, but is looking to come in and unseat the veteran Brunell, who has also played with the Packers, Jaguars and Redskins.

“I feel good because we have experience there,” Payton said. “We have a relatively young player in Harrington and I do think we’ll have competition at that (No. 2) spot. With just three on the roster now, that will afford us an opportunity to give those guys plenty of reps in training camp, especially in the preseason games.”

Harrington played with the Falcons in 2007, and the former first-round pick also has played for the Lions and Dolphins.

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