Seneca Wallace Is Savvy Pickup for Saints to Replace Chase Daniel
The New Orleans Saints have signed quarterback Seneca Wallace to a one-year contract. He'll be a perfect fit as Drew Brees' backup this year to replace Chase Daniel, who signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in free agency.
The Saints announced the new deal with Wallace, via the team's official Twitter account:
Wallace is a career backup who has only started 21 games in his seven years in the league. He sat out the 2012 NFL season after being released by the Cleveland Browns right before the beginning of the regular season.
Who will win the No. 2 QB spot?
The Saints recently signed Luke McCown to a one-year deal as well, but he won't beat out Wallace for the No. 2 spot. He's inaccurate and has made horrible decisions with the ball when given an opportunity to play, throwing just nine touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions in his seven-year career.
Wallace, on the other hand, understands how to take care of the football and is accurate on short-to medium-range passes. His record as a starter isn't pretty at 6-15, but that record doesn't tell the story about what he's capable of doing for the Saints, should Brees go down with an unfortunate injury.
In his career, Wallace has thrown 31 touchdowns compared to 18 interceptions—a ratio that is far better than what McCown has done over his career.
It's important to note that Wallace's career record is more indicative of the team surrounding him than what he did as a starter. During his tenures with the Seattle Seahawks and Browns, both franchises were in a state of disrepair.
Does this move by the Saints make the team stronger?
His best season came in 2008 with the Seahawks. Wallace started eight games that year, posting a record of 3-5 while passing for 1,532 yards with 11 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
His ball security and excellent decision-making will serve him and the Saints well in 2013, should he be called into action.
Ideally, Wallace won't have to play a single snap for the Saints in 2013 unless he's in the game due to a blowout in favor of New Orleans. That said, should he be pressed into duty, Wallace is more than capable of handling the job.
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