The Seattle Seahawks are no longer in search of a franchise quarterback, but they could use a quality backup after agreeing to deal Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders on Monday (per Fox Sports' Jay Glazer).
Rookie signal-caller Russell Wilson was one of the most impressive first-year players in the league last season, amassing 3,607 yards of offense and 30 total touchdowns in 16 regular-season games under center. He led the Seahawks to a playoff win over fellow rookie Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins and proved his immense value to a team desperately in need of a franchise quarterback.
Wilson’s success and cap-friendly contract allowed Seattle to trade Flynn, but it still needs a capable backup as an insurance policy for the diminutive signal-caller. Young would be a logical option to fill that void.
The former Tennessee Titans starter played 54 games under center after being drafted No. 3 overall in 2006. Despite his unceremonious departure from Tennessee, Young posted a winning record at the helm of the Titans offense and showed flashes of the talent the team expected when they made him an early first-round pick.
Young was never able to consistently piece it all together, though, and he found a new home with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 as Michael Vick’s backup. He saw just six games of action that season, and ended up on the outside looking in following the 2011 campaign.
The former Texas standout spent 2012 out of the league after being cut by the Buffalo Bills before the season, but he’s been preparing to make a comeback. Young threw at the University of Texas pro day on March 26 and he apparently caught Seattle’s attention.
With the quarterback market dwindling, the Seahawks won’t find many better options on the free-agent or trade markets. Young didn’t meet expectations in Tennessee, but he showed enough to warrant another chance for a team in need of a veteran backup.