The Green Bay Packers saw enough from their workout with Vince Young on Monday to sign the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback to a one-year deal, a league source confirmed to Press-Gazette Media.
The 30-year-old quarterback flew into Austin-Straubel airport on Sunday evening and into the Packers’ backup quarterback conversation after a successful workout in front of team personnel on Monday afternoon.
Details of the agreement were not disclosed, but it’s believed to be worth the veteran minimum of $840,000 for a player entering his seventh NFL season.
The third-overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Young has played in 60 career games with 50 starts during his six seasons with Tennessee and Philadelphia, but hasn’t played since being released by Buffalo on Aug. 27, 2012.
He’ll compete with 28-year-old Graham Harrell and 24-year-old B.J. Coleman for the backup spot to Aaron Rodgers. The two quarterbacks have been splitting reps evenly throughout camp with Coleman seeing the first snaps behind Rodgers during Saturday's annual Family Night intra-squad scrimmage.
In six seasons, Young has completed 755-of-1,304 passes (57.9 percent) for 8,964 yards in his career with 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. On the ground, he’s also rushed for 1,459 yards on 282 carries (5.2 yards per carry) and 12 touchdowns.
When Young was entering the league in 2006 after leading the University of Texas to a national championship, Packers general manager Ted Thompson was extremely complimentary about the 6-foot-5, 252-pound quarterback’s athletic ability.
It caused some to wonder if the Packers would’ve selected him if he’d fallen to the fifth spot despite the fact the team had three-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre and future league MVP Aaron Rodgers already on the roster.
A league source confirmed the Packers had discussed the idea of bringing Young in for a workout prior to the start of training camp before finally deciding to pull the trigger with Coleman struggling and Harrell regarded by many national pundits as the worst backup quarterback in the league.
The question is if Young still has enough left in the tank to overtake either for the job? If nothing else, Young should give the Packers a good scout against the read-option offense, an area of emphasis for the organization this offseason.
In the first week of camp, the Packers have been lining up against the pistol formation in jog-through with Harrell mostly lining up under center.
In return, the Packers give Young a chance at professional redemption. The 2006 NFL offensive rookie of the year fell out of favor in Tennessee after clashing with former Titans coach Jeff Fisher and infamously referred to the Eagles as a “Dream team” after signing with Philadelphia in 2011.
While away from football, Young received his degree from Texas in May, but recently had his possessions seized and auction off to satisfy a $1.7 million debt he accrued from money he borrowed from Pro Player LLC during the 2011 NFL lockout.
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