The inevitable was made official on Thursday, as Vince Young was released by the Tennessee Titans.
For his five years with Tennessee, the franchise that drafted him out of the University of Texas in 2006, he provided a mixture of excitement and frustration.
There was his rookie season, in which he led the Titans to an 8-5 record as the starting signal-caller and was named that year's AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.
There was 2007, when Young guided Tennessee to the playoffs.
There was 2009, when he came off the bench to engineer five straight wins after the team started 0-6.
However, there was his MIA event in September 2008 and then a pad-throwing incident last season after he wasn't allowed to return to the field following an injury.
Despite having a 30-17 record as the Titans QB, management couldn't deal with his emotional instability and cut him loose. The question now is: which team is willing to take him purely for his on-the-field potential?
Here is a list of six teams that provide the best fits the 28-year-old Young, with the Eagles topping the list as we approach the 6 p.m. ET start to the official free agent signing period. Should things not work out with Philly these other teams could end up with the ex-Titan.
The Oakland Raiders have established a reputation over the years as being a franchise that takes on players with attitudes that most other teams wouldn't deal with.
I'm not sure Young falls into that category completely, but the Raiders are interested in landing V.Y., they would do so for his athleticism.
He could be a viable starting quarterback in Oakland, but would be competing against two others–Bruce Gradkowski and Jason Campbell–for that primary role.
The Raiders seem content with their quarterback situation and have more pressing needs in other areas of the team.
After watching Brian Brohm and Ryan Fitzpatrick combine to create only the 24th-best team in the NFL in terms of passing yardage, the Bills should improve its offense if they add Young.
No. 10 would automatically be the favorite to land the No. 1 spot on the depth chart should Buffalo obtain him.
However, there have been no rumblings of the Bills having any interest in the former Texas Longhorn. Therefore, that makes the chances of this happening pretty slim.
Young could certainly benefit from a ticket to San Francisco, especially now with new head coach and former NFL quarterback Jim Harbaugh providing needed guidance.
The offense has a chance to improve with the likes of running back Frank Gore and tight end Vernon Davis. It's been their inexperienced offensive line that's been holding them back so far.
Young's addition be an upgrade over Alex Smith and its unlikely they want to throw 2011 second round pick Colin Kaepernick into the fire right away.
One of the Redskins' glaring needs this off-season is quarterback. Young would fill in that need right away.
Head coach Mike Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder are certainly more on the mindset of "win now" rather than settling for a sup-par season and opting to build for the future. If that's the case, John Beck–who right now appears to be the starting QB in D.C.–should not be the main man taking snaps behind center.
With Young's proven winning ability (despite the tantrums), the Redskins may want to take a chance and throw some money his way...not that they haven't done that before.
In 2010, Chad Henne threw for 15 touchdowns and more than 3,000 as the Dolphins starting quarterback. Vince Young has yet to reach either of those marks in any season he's played.
However, he becomes an enticing player for Miami thanks to his other skills.Young's elusiveness and speed could make him an ideal quarterback for any Wildcat plays they want to run.
Therefore, while they may not want to take Young on as a starter–though he could earn the job sometime in the season–the Dolphins can still find ways to utilize him as an effective part of the offense.
All indications are that Young's next job will be as Michael's Vick's backup in Philadelphia.
According to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Young is already setting his sights on signing with the Eagles.
If it does go down, this would be the best move for him.
Philly is now in need of a second-string QB now that Kevin Kolb has been shipped to Arizona Cardinals. With Vick's ability to run the ball, his chance of injury is higher than most quarterbacks. That means having an effective backup in the wings is imperative.It's certain that 2010 fourth-round pick Mike Kafka would not qualify as that.
The Eagles are a stable franchise that has done a good job training quarterbacks (Donovan McNabb, Vick and Kolb). It only makes sense that Young should start anew in Philly.