The Green Bay Packers have added another quarterback to the discussion of who will back up starter Aaron Rodgers in 2013.
According to numerous media outlets, the Packers agreed to a one-year deal with former Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young, who was in Green Bay for an official workout Monday. The contract is believed to be for the veteran’s minimum, or $840,000.
Young will now bring experience to a quarterback competition that had lacked much of it beforehand.
Graham Harrell, 28, has attempted just four NFL passes over three uninspiring seasons in Green Bay. Former seventh-round pick B.J. Coleman spent the 2012 season on the practice squad and only played briefly during the preseason last August. The two were squared against one another this offseason, in hopes that one quarterback would seize the job as Rodgers’ top backup. So far, neither quarterback has gained much momentum in becoming that player.
With the first preseason game still four days away, the Packers decided to pull the trigger on a veteran.
The 30-year-old Young has started 50 career games over six NFL seasons, which include five years with the Tennessee Titans and one with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Titans originally drafted the athletic and electric Young with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft. While he went on to earn two Pro Bowl selections as the Titans starter, his erratic play and unpredictable behavior forced Tennessee to send him packing.
Young briefly latched on with the Eagles, but a nine-interception season as the backup quarterback ended his stay in Philadelphia following the 2011 season. He then spent training camp with the Buffalo Bills last August before being cut after a disastrous preseason (276 yards, zero touchdowns, two interceptions).
While the Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders both displayed varied interest this offseason, Young hasn’t been on an NFL roster for roughly a year.
Over six seasons, Young has completed 755 of 1,304 passes for 8,964 yards, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions (74.4 passer rating). He has also rushed for 1,459 yards and 12 touchdowns.
As of now, all indications point to the Packers signing Young as a legitimate contender for the backup job, and not just as a scout quarterback for the read-option offenses facing Green Bay in Weeks 1 and 2 of the regular season.
Zach Kruse is a 25-year-old sports writer who contributes to Cheesehead TV, Bleacher Report and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He also covers prep sports for the Dunn Co. News. You can reach him on Twitter @zachkruse2 or by email at email@example.com.