What Team Should NFL Quarterback Vince Young Sign With Next?
Vince Young‘s time as a Tennessee Titan is about to come to a close. After four seasons with the Titans—where VY posted a 30-17 record as a starter—the team announced that they will either trade him or release him once the NFL’s offseason begins next months.
But that doesn’t mean that Young’s time as an NFL quarterback is coming to an end anytime soon. Nearly a third of the NFL, if not more, is looking for a QB like Young to step into their huddle and lead their offense. Though he’s been plagued by injuries during his time with the Titans and got into a very public feud with Titans coach Jeff Fisher at the end of last season, Young has also shown glimpses of greatness on the field. And with the right guidance, he may be able to transform himself into an elite quarterback before his career ends.
But, just where should Vince Young sign next? There’s a chance—a pretty good chance, in fact—that he might not have a choice in the matter. For the right draft pick, the Titans would be willing to part ways with Young by trading to another team where he’d still be under contract for a year. But, if Young is released and gets to pick where he’ll play next, we’ve got a few suggestions for him. Pack your bags, VY. It’s time to resurrect your career with the…
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
The worst part about VY leaving Tennessee: He won’t have All-Pro running back Chris Johnson to rely on anymore. The best part about signing with San Francisco: He’ll suddenly have reliable running back Frank Gore instead. Okay, so the Niners are going through some internal strife right now—having fired head coach Mike Singletary less than two weeks ago—but they’ve got a roster filled with a strong nucleus of offensive weapons that Young would have at his disposal immediately. And no offense, 49ers fans, but you haven’t had a really reliable QB since that other Young hung up his cleats. It wouldn’t hurt to try this.
It looks like Brett Favre is finally going to retire. And less us be the first to say: Hoo-ray! Did that guy single-handedly destroy the Vikings’ season last year or what? (okay, okay, former coach Brad Childress deserves some of that blame, too…) Anyway, the Vikes needs another QB and they need someone fast, given that they already have a pretty decent arsenal as far as running backs and wide receivers go. There’s been talk about Washington Redskins QB Donovan McNabb joining the team after his unsuccessful campaign in D.C. this year, but is that what Viking fans really want? Seems to us VY is a younger version of McNabb with more upside and the ability to be more than just another rent-a-QB option for Minnesota.
Let us start off by saying: This shouldn’t be Vince Young’s first choice. The fact that this team managed to win five games this year is a testament to the fact that the NFC West absolutely stunk as a division. Put them in any other division and they probably get two or three wins…tops. That said, if VY signed in ‘Zona, he’d immediately be the strongest QB option for the team and he wouldn’t have to deal with going through a QB competition in training camp. As far as his ego goes, he’d also get the opportunity to call former Cardinals QB Matt Leinart—who Young bested in the 2006 Rose Bowl when he was playing for the University of Texas—and say, “Did I just beat you again?” Hey, it’s a small victory but a victory nonetheless, right?
Here’s a shocker—another NFC West team. If you haven’t picked up on it by now, everyone in the West except the St. Louis Rams (who made the right choice selecting Sam Bradford with the No. 1 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft) needs a new QB next season. The Seahawks are an interesting pick because, technically, they were the best team in the division this year and they managed to do it with a gimpy Matt Hasselback playing Q. Then again, they finished 7-9 and squeaked into the NFL Playoffs almost by default. So, we’re not sure if Young should celebrate about getting the chance to play for a playoff team—or pray for St. Louis, San Fran and Arizona to hand them the division title again next year. Either way, backup QB Charlie Whitehurst hasn’t looked like the clear-cut answer to the inevitable quarterback issue that’s gonna come up when Hasselback’s reign is over. Could Young be that answer?
Whenever a controversial free agent becomes available, the Raiders have to get a mention. From troubled wide receiver Randy Moss to embattled quarterback Jason Campbell, the Raiders always seem to have their door open when a big name comes on the market. And we don’t expect this time to be any different. A piece of advice for VY: Don’t fall for it! There are plenty of places you could land this offseason that could help you turn your career around. We just hope you put plenty of thought into it before you make your move.