NEW ORLEANS, La. - Joe Callahan was a victim of a numbers crunch in the Green Bay Packers organization on Thursday, but the Wesley College Football alumni didn't sit idle for long. Just after being released by the Packers, Callahan was claimed by the New Orleans Saints.
The Packers were disgruntled about losing their promising backup quarterback, hoping that he would pass through waivers and sign to the practice squad. He was released to make room for a pair of Packers veterans returning from suspension and to allow the team to sign another running back to sure up any injury concerns in their backfield.
The Green and Gold were not thrilled about letting Callahan go. Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements said, "Yeah, it's tough. That's the bad part of the business... The personnel people have to make tough decisions. He did a great job for us."
Just two hours after he was released, Joe Callahan was claimed by the Saints where he will become an apprentice to yet another future Hall of Famer: Drew Brees. New Orleans already had three quarterbacks on their active roster with Brees, veteran backup Luke McCown and 2015 third-round draft pick Garrett Grayson, but the team was clearly excited about signing the Wesley alum.
Callahan will wear No. 5 with the Saints, and will join the team for their game against the Panthers on Sunday.
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