Steve Walsh hit town like a man looking for work.
Hours after the New Orleans Saints gave Dallas their No. 1 and No. 3 draft choices in 1991 and a No. 2 pick in 1992 for Walsh, the former University of Miami star said he saw the move east as a move up."I feel good that I can come in here and, when prepared, win," Walsh said Tuesday night. "I know there's a lot expected of me. I'm not afraid of those expectations. I'm looking forward to living up to them. This is an opportunity to make my career, and now it's my time to either do it or don't do it."
The Cowboys are also hoping Walsh does well with the Saints. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said the No. 2 pick in 1992 could become a No. 1 pick, depending on how well Walsh plays for New Orleans.
The Saints made the deal for Walsh after the team fell to 1-2 on the season behind a struggling offense.
Walsh, last year's number one pick in the supplemental draft, will battle John Fourcade for the starting quarterback spot. Bobby Hebert, the starter for most of last year, was benched for the final three games and asked for a trade after the season.
There had been speculation that a trade involving Walsh might also be part of a package that would send Hebert to the Los Angeles Raiders. That didn't happen.
"This had nothing to do with Bobby Hebert," Saints owner Tom Benson said Tuesday. "This was a separate issue as far as I'm concerned."
To make room for Walsh on the roster, the Saints cut second-string quarterback Tommy Kramer, signed during training camp in August after the Minnesota Vikings left him unprotected under Plan B.
"My back is against the wall," Fourcade said. "But I'm used to that. I've always had to fight hard for everything I've gotten. Nothing's come easy to me. I love competition though. Bring him on."
Although Fourcade is the NFL's lowest rated quarterback and has struggled in the Saints' first three games, coach Jim Mora said Walsh will have to beat him out of the starting spot.
"Quarterback did not play as well as we would like it to play. We saw a chance to improve the position, so we did," Mora said. "John handles pressure very well. John is a very, very tough guy. He's mentally tough, physically tough. I think he'll handle this very well."