The Green Bay Packers are reportedly taking an extended look at a former Pro Bowl quarterback Monday.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers will work out 30-year-old Vince Young, who was selected to two Pro Bowls with the Tennessee Titans after becoming the franchise’s No. 3 overall pick in 2006. Young spent five inconsistent and controversy-riddled seasons with the Titans (2006-10) and one with the failed Dream Team of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011.
Although he hasn’t played a regular-season snap since ’11, Young did receive a training camp look from the Buffalo Bills last August. He completed 25 of 52 passes for 276 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions over three preseason games, but Buffalo later cut Young in favor of Tarvaris Jackson.
Over six NFL seasons, Young has completed 57.1 percent of his passes for 8,964 yards 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions (74.4 passer rating). He has received varied interest from teams such as the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders since being released last summer, but no team has went past the interest stage.
As it stands currently, the Packers have both Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman behind starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two have been competing to be Rodgers’ primary backup in 2013, but neither has been especially inspiring this summer.
At Saturday’s night’s intra-squad scrimmage, the veteran Harrell clearly outplayed Coleman, who tossed two interceptions. The two quarterbacks split reps once Rodgers exited following the first series.
It’s probably too early to tell whether the Packers are legitimately concerned about their backup quarterbacks or if general manager Ted Thompson is simply updating his profile of Young.
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.