A source told Shutdown Corner that the New Orleans Saints have signed quarterback Ryan Griffin from the practice squad to the active roster, stepping in front of the St. Louis Rams, who wanted to sign him.
The Rams have a strong need at quarterback with only Kellen Clemens on their roster, following the season-ending knee injury to starter Sam Bradford. They appeared poised to sign Griffin to a contract before the Saints convinced him to stick around.
An undrafted rookie from Tulane, Griffin has been on the Saints' practice squad since the start of the season. He was named MVP of the Texas vs The Nation All-Star Game and had a good preseason with the Saints, completing 32-of-59 passes for 380 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
To make room for Griffin, the Saints released former third-round linebacker Martez Wilson.
As a practice-squad player, Griffin had the option of signing either with the Rams or Saints, or any other team that offered him a contract. The Saints were able to convince Griffin to stick around because of the similarity of their offense to that of the one he ran in college, plus the chance to learn from Drew Brees. Griffin will be No. 3 behind Brees and Luke McCown this season but could be poised to earn the backup job down the road with continued development.
But the opportunity in St. Louis might have been immediately greater, considering the lack of favorable options at the position. Changing directions, the Rams have signed Brady Quinn and Austin Davis to round out their quarterback spot.
Other teams besides the Rams were interested in signing Griffin, as well.
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