The Browns announced the decision along with a few other cuts on Twitter:
The Browns have released DB Brandon Hughes, DL Brian Sanford, QB Alex Tanney, RB Fozzy Whitaker and QB Vince Young.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 12, 2014
Young's cut comes just days after the NFL draft concluded Saturday. It appears to be just more bad news for the Texas Longhorns program, which had no players taken in the entire draft.
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted that fact following the announcement:
per @MaryKayCabot, Vince Young was cut this morning by Cleveland. The continuation of a nightmarish draft weekend by the Longhorns.— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) May 12, 2014
The decision also coincides with Cleveland's blockbuster first-round move to secure Johnny Manziel as its franchise quarterback.
Johnny Cleveland has already essentially been handed the keys to the team, so Young's presence was no longer necessary. May Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer provides a look at the quarterback depth chart in Cleveland:
Qbs on #browns roster: Manziel, Hoyer, thigpen and mobile rookie Connor shaw from South Carolina, who signed as UDFA Saturday night.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) May 12, 2014
Cleveland's decision to cut Young is far from the first time the quarterback has experienced a short-lived tenure with an NFL club.
Following five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, Young has bounced around to the Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and now the Browns. The former Longhorn hasn't made an opening-day roster since 2011 with the Eagles.
New Browns coach Mike Pettine lauded the 30-year-old Young after his initial signing, per Cabot:
I was just joking with him the other day that the rust was falling off in large clumps. But he flashed a couple of times – threw a nice long ball the other day. Again you don’t realize how big he is until you stand next to him. We talk about all these 6 foot, 5-11 quarterbacks in the draft and then he comes walking out and you say "oh, that’s what they’re supposed to look like."
Will Young make another roster?
NFL decisions move fast, and it's clear there was no room for Young after drafting Manziel and signing Connor Shaw.
Moving forward, expect Young to pop up with another team sometime in the future. He will likely get a shot to knock off more of the rust, but the opportunities are becoming rare.
Though he has been unsuccessful in earning a starting role with a team, he'll keep trying. And in a league where having starting quarterback depth on the roster is coveted, Young might have a chance to make a roster by Week 1 if what Pettine said was true.
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