METAIRIE, La. ― Patrick Ramsey plied his trade collegiately at Tulane, leading the Green Wave on the gridiron in the Superdome where he started 32 of 35 games.

Now he's back, albeit in a very different situation.

The Saints signed Ramsey to backup Drew Brees, bringing the Ruston, La., native back to his home state for the first time since being selected by the Redskins with the final pick of the 2002 NFL Draft.

'Really, Patrick Ramsey was our target, we just weren't able to sign him until recently due to the rules that applied to the final four teams,' Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis said. 'We're excited to have Patrick. I know he's excited to come home basically and be on the New Orleans Saints team. I know he's in great shape. He did well in the conditioning test this morning.'

Ramsey hasn't thrown a pass in the NFL since completing two passes in 2008 with Denver. In eight seasons and 37 games, he has completed 55.9 percent of his passes for 5,930 yards with 35 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.

His best year was in 2003 when he threw for 2,166 yards, 14 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 11 games. But his numbers went down every subsequent year until he didn't play in a game at all in 2009.

Still, Head Coach Sean Payton was impressed with what he saw from Ramsey during his physical.

'He's in better shape than when we worked him out,' Payton said. 'I know that. He ran well today.'

Fighting Ramsey for the No. 2 spot will be Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield, the Saints' seventh-round pick in April's draft. Signing Ramsey doesn't necessarily spell the end for Daniel, who was the team's practice squad quarterback in 2009.

'He's going to compete and I'm sure it's a goal of his,' Payton said of Daniel. 'We'll see. ... We've had a chance to look at Chase now in the offseason more aside form just being a guy running the scout team.'

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