Published: Aug 28, 2012 7:15 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 29, 2012 6:32 AM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have released backup quarterback Chris Redman and signed Luke McCown.

McCown spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making two starts among his eight appearances. He worked with Dirk Koetter, who is now the Falcons' offensive coordinator, which undoubtedly contributed to the decision to bring in a new No. 2 behind starter Matt Ryan on Tuesday.

Originally a fourth-round pick by Cleveland in 2004, McCown also played with Tampa Bay. He signed with New Orleans before the start of training camp this year, but was cut by the Saints on Monday.

One day later, he had a new team.

Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons, the last four as Ryan's little-used backup. Redman struggled in the preseason, completing just 53 percent with one interception.