Former Mississippi State quarterback K.J. Costello, who played for the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL earlier this year, has signed with the New Orleans Saints.
Costello, a free agent, confirmed the signing on social media. “It is time to go to work! Stoked for the opportunity. Fired up to sign with the New Orleans Saints!”
The addition of Costello, who played for Stanford before transferring to Mississippi State, would give New Orleans a third available quarterback in Saturday night’s preseason opener at Houston while projected starter Jameis Winston sits out with a sprained right foot.
Costello signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2021 preseason and was cut before the regular season. He also received an offseason tryout with the Saints in May.
Costello made a splash at Mississippi State in his first game, also the Bulldogs’ first game under head coach Mike Leach. He threw for 623 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-34 win over LSU.
He struggled the rest of the season, missing several games due to injury. He appeared in five other games during the season — two for only a few minutes — and threw for 660 yards combined. He ended the 2020 season with 1,283 passing yards, six touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
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