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Packers Sign Vince Young, Add to QB Competition

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 zachkruse2@gmail.com.

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Ct Sharpe Cheddar's picture

Vince welcome to the Dream Team

Jamie's picture

Worst case he helps our defense prep for Kaepernick and RGIII and he's cut at 53. Smart...no risk signing.

Idiot Fan's picture

Hmmm, a mobile QB to practice against...that actually sounds somewhat plausible. Otherwise I can't make any sense out of this.

TommyG's picture

That's the way I'm reading this as well.

Fish . Crane's picture

his qb rating is cutleresque

Mojo's picture

Can he play left-tackle?

WisconsInExile's picture

Well-played.

Cow42's picture

Can he kick?

TommyG's picture

or play LT?

Michael from Winnipeg's picture

If he still has his natural ability, he can get more out of a play breaking down, with his legs, than Harrell and Coleman.

Evan's picture

Uhhhh....sure, ok.

Idiot Fan's picture

If I made a list of things that I expected TT to do, I would put signing Vince Young somewhere around #999,999,999, one spot ahead of banning beer from Packer games.

Bearmeat's picture

I'd have bet on him banning beer first.

TT is a strange, strange man.

PadLevel's picture

TT wants to model the Packers after the Patriots organization. This Vince Young move is very Belichick-isque, Only strong organizations who have confident, secure leaders (Brady, Rodgers) can pull this off.

trvs's picture

Would Vince Young seriously be a threat in the run-option game at this point in his career?(even just for practicing)

Also is he really QB2 material? I would have rather seen Jamarcus Russell get scooped up.

I just dont see the benefit of this signing.

Jamie's picture

That you can't come up with a good reason doesn't mean there aren't good reasons.

It boggles my mind that so many people are oblivious to this simple fact.

RC Packer Fan's picture

I think Young would have been a really good read option QB if he was playing in the league now. His passing skills aren't as good as Kaepernick, but his running ability is really good.

Seriously Jamarcus Russell?

Benefits... He costs basically nothing. At the very least will give the defense someone to practice the read option against.

He has a good chance to beat out Harrell and Coleman. Neither has been that great, and maybe the competition will at least elevate their games.

Jon's picture

First post and mojo were hilarious. I may have had one too many but in my eyes McCarthy is a genius. If he saw something that could legitimately be effective as an NFL QB, then he definately would've asked TT to pull the trigger. We all have seen how s***ty Young has been, but we don't see through Mikes eyes AND we didn't see (for the sake of discussion) what Mike saw. At this point we all agree Harrell sucks and BJ needs work. If Mike could get him ready to plug and play status (see Flynn), then it's a good gamble on a talented but bad player. Like it was said, good signing even if to get ready for option and cut at 53.

Jon's picture

Haha idiot fan, that's f-in hilarious

Ma linger's picture

I'm not surprised. Based on what I saw from Coleman in the scrimmage, he sealed his fate. Packers need three QB's and unless Coleman can't count, he ain't one of them. Would not be surprised to see cut soon.

dawg's picture

MM & Rodgers might enjoy this.
Veteran read option project?

Fish . Crane's picture

... if any guys know how to work with a qb with talent that isn't so smart it's MM and AR and TT

packsmack25's picture
trvs's picture

HAHA ok, now I get why he was signed... comic relief for all of the injuries.

Wisconsinexile's picture

Looks like Young has settled down a bit and is trying to reboot his career. Green Bay is a great town for second chances. Hope he rises from the ashes.

Nononsense's picture

Im surprised people are shocked by this move. The timing of it seems a little odd but have you seen this defense play against mobile QBs. They need all the practice at it they can get.

Makeit Rain Tebow's picture

What a great idea. I say we pass on Tebow in the offseason and pick-up Vince right before camp. The first one would only be a humble servant - the other one will keep the local Green Bay Strip Clubs busy. Make it rain....

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