Friday, May 11, 2012

Vince Young News 2012

Buddy Nix: Vince Young will vie for Buffalo Bills' backup QB job
Roster spot no guarantee for Vince Young in Buffalo
Buffalo Bills, Vince Young Agree To One-Year, $2 Million Deal

Buddy Nix: Vince Young will vie for Buffalo Bills' backup QB job

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix didn't have any difficulty assessing Vince Young's attributes Friday after agreeing to a one-year contract with the free-agent quarterback.

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Strong arm. Great mobility. And then there's his winning record as an NFL starter.

But when it came to projecting the quarterback's role with the Bills, Nix didn't offer any guarantees except to say the starting job already is taken by Ryan Fitzpatrick, leaving Young to compete with Tyler Thigpen for a backup spot.

"We're looking always to try to improve our team," Nix said. "It's a competition for the backup quarterback job and not the starter ... he knows it. That's the way it is.

"The guy's been to two Pro Bowls, he's 31-19 as a starter in this league," Nix added. "We think he can do that again. If he has to play, he can give us a chance to win the game or at least this: He will make Tyler better."

The sides reached a deal a little over one week after Young worked out for the Bills at their facility. Citing a league source, reported the contract is worth $2 million, with another $1 million available in playing-time bonuses.

Young's publicist, Denise White, said the quarterback is scheduled to arrive in Buffalo either Sunday night or Monday morning. White also released a statement from Young, who said: "Thanks to Buddy Nix and Coach Gailey for giving me the opportunity to come in and play and compete. I am looking forward to playing with the guys and helping where I am needed."

Young, who turns 29 next week, has been biding his time to determine the next step of his career, which started in 2006 as a first-round draft pick by the Tennessee Titans. He struggled last season as Michael Vick's backup with the Philadelphia Eagles, finishing with four touchdown passes and nine interceptions in six games, and he was sacked eight times in six games, including three starts.

Roster spot no guarantee for Vince Young in Buffalo

Vince Young has found the perfect home in Buffalo for an NFL career revival. If he can't make it under Chan Gailey -- who knows what to do with mobile quarterbacks -- he can't make it anywhere.

That doesn't mean anything is guaranteed in Buffalo for VY. Not even a roster spot.

Tyler Thigpen was signed last year to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick. Thigpen is paid fairly well and has experience under Gailey, dating to their days together in Kansas City. We'd guess Young or Thigpen will make the team, not both.

"We think adding Vince to our roster will create more competition for the backup quarterback position," Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. "He brings with him some unique physical abilities that most are aware of and that will make the competition interesting. It's all about improving our team."

Young is set to make $2 million, with another $1 million in incentives, according to ESPN. There was no mention of guaranteed money. Young will have to earn his way on the team, much less challenge Fitzpatrick for playing time.

As the last remaining member on the Vince Young bandwagon, I wouldn't bet against him finding success in Buffalo. It's easy to forget that Young has enjoyed a lot of good moments as a starting quarterback. His career 6.9 yards-per-attempt average is solid.

After struggling to find a job, surely Young realizes this is best, last chance to resurrect his NFL career. He's starting at the bottom, one of the countless NFL players who head to training camp without knowing if their job is secure.

Buffalo Bills, Vince Young Agree To One-Year, $2 Million Deal

by Brian Galliford on May 11, 2012 1:24 PM EDT in Buffalo Bills News

The Buffalo Bills have announced that they've agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Vince Young. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Young's deal is for one year and will pay him $2 million, with another $1 million available in incentives.

The signing, paired with the March 15 signing of free agent defensive end Mario Williams, gives the Bills not only the No. 1 overall pick from the 2006 NFL Draft, but also the No. 3 overall pick, as well. Who's up for a trade for Reggie Bush?

Young, who will turn 29 a week from today, comes in purely as a backup quarterback, where he will compete with incumbent Tyler Thigpen - himself a 2011 free agent signing - to be the primary understudy to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. A six-year veteran out of Texas, Young brings 50 games' worth of starting experience with him to Buffalo - which dwarfs the 12 starts Thigpen has made, and puts him on the level with Fitzpatrick (52 starts) in terms of game experience.

Things at quarterback in Buffalo just got a lot more interesting, even if there's much more clarity than you'll probably hear about on sports talk radio and the ESPNs of the world over the weekend. Make no mistake about it, folks: Young's here as a backup. Please keep that in mind.

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