Vince Young Would Be Low-Risk, Smart Pickup for Oakland Raiders
Young worked out for the Raiders on Thursday and reportedly "looked good," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport:
Interested to hear that Vince Young was among the QBs that worked out for #Raiders yesterday. So did Troy Smith. Heard Vince looked good.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2013
Somewhere, Matt Flynn is cursing his luck.
Oakland absolutely must take advantage of this opportunity to land a potentially dynamic starting quarterback.
Young isn't short on talent, and he's a proven winner in the NFL. Should he sign, with a career record of 31-19, he'd easily be the most experienced quarterback on Oakland's roster.
The former national champ at Texas has failed thus far in the NFL due to a poor mental approach to the game and his responsibilities as a leader, but it seems the signal-caller has finally got his mind right.
Just over a month ago, in the first week of March, Young sent a letter of apology to former head coach Jeff Fisher. Per NFL.com's Kareem Copeland, he talked about that letter and his past mistakes in an interview on NFL AM:
I definitely wanted to apologize for the things that I did...At the time being immature and not paying attention and not listening and taking my frustrations out on a lot of people wasn't the right thing to do.
Should the Raiders sign Young, no doubt the contract will be a short-term deal without much—if any—guaranteed money and heavily laden with incentives.
If he ends up playing up to his potential, Flynn might be looking at another season as a clipboard holder on the sideline.
This outcome would be frustrating for Flynn, who ended up sitting behind Russell Wilson in Seattle last year after signing a lucrative contract with the Seahawks, but it would be a huge win for the Raiders.
When Young is playing at his best, he is a dangerous quarterback who makes big plays with his legs and his feet and who finds ways to win games.
Should Young end up flaming out again, the Raiders would be right back where they started—no loss whatsoever.
Should the Raiders sign Vince Young?
This team needs a spark on offense. Flynn may end up becoming the team's franchise quarterback, and Terrelle Pryor is still an intriguing player with the potential for greatness. That said, neither quarterback has a history of winning games in the NFL.
The Raiders would be smart to bring in Young on a low-risk deal to assure the offense has the best chance to succeed in 2013. Competition breeds success, and adding Young to the roster would accomplish that goal.
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