The Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement with Vince Young to provide further quarterback depth. Young hasn't played a regular-season snap in the NFL since 2011 and will be hoping to crack the roster.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 provided word from Young's agent that a deal between the sides was complete:
Vince Young's agent confirms he's signing with the Browns today.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 1, 2014
The franchise later confirmed the deal via its Twitter account:
The Browns have officially signed LB Zac Diles, QB Tyler Thigpen, and QB Vince Young. http://t.co/TFhsZHhQHp for more info— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 1, 2014
Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports the details of the deal:
Probably goes without saying: Vince Young's deal with #Browns is a minimum salary benefit contract. No bonus, no guarantee, injury split.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 2, 2014
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports Young could have taken an ambassador position at Texas, where he starred at the collegiate level. Instead, he opted to continue chasing his NFL dream and showed an increased level of maturity in the process:
For Vince Young, he has an ambassador job waiting for him at Texas. But kept grinding away at football. Has been humbled recently. It shows— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 1, 2014
The Tennessee Titans drafted Young, who will turn 31 this month, with the third overall selection in 2006. He proceeded to win the Offensive Rookie of the Year award that season, but his overall numbers never reached an elite level, especially in terms of being a passer.
What chance do you give Young of making the Browns?
He spent five seasons with the Titans before a one-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has thrown just 46 touchdowns as compared to 51 interceptions over 60 games in the NFL. He's added 12 rushing touchdowns, but seven of those came as a rookie.
The two-time Rose Bowl MVP then made cameos with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers in recent years. He wasn't able to catch on with either team on a permanent basis, and it looked like his football career might be over.
However, the Browns apparently saw enough during recent workouts to give him another chance. He joins a quarterback depth chart that includes Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports the team also reached a deal with Tyler Thigpen on Thursday:
QB Tyler Thigpen has in fact agreed to terms with the Browns following the conclusion of a mini camp tryout this week.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 1, 2014
Add in the fact Cleveland could also acquire a quarterback through the draft, and it's clear Young will have plenty of competition to earn a spot on the final roster. That said, he's always displayed enough talent to stick in the NFL, just not the consistency.
He never lost his confidence in himself, though. In October, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com passed along comments the quarterback made on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt about being unsure why he didn't have a team:
Me and my wife and all my peers and fans, we're all trying to figure this stuff out. I don't have the slightest idea. It's like a huge question mark over my head every day I wake up in the morning to take care of my responsibilities and know I should be playing. To not have one of those calls, it's tough.
Now he's getting another opportunity to prove himself. It should probably still be characterized as an uphill battle considering the number of other quarterbacks on the roster and the fact that lack of efficiency as a passer doesn't usually bode well for winning a backup job.
Of course, there's always a chance, however slim, Young could combine the skills he displayed coming out of college with his newfound humbled outlook to surprise people. That's obviously the Cleveland front office's hope.