Vince Young is getting another chance in the NFL, and the Browns hope he makes the most of it. The Browns announced Thursday they had signed both Young and Tyler Thigpen on Thursday – two quarterbacks for a quarterback-needy team.
The Young signing is the most intriguing. He led the University of Texas to a national championship, he was the NFL offensive rookie of the year in 2006, but his career went downhill in five seasons with the Titans, and he has not thrown a pass in the NFL since 2011 with the Eagles.
Young will turn 31 years old May 18, and he has been through many highs and lows during his career. One would expect Young to do everything he can to make this opportunity pay off. It could be his last chance in the NFL, and no AFC North team has had more quarterback issues then the Browns over the last 10 years.
Both head coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan saw enough in Young to give him a shot. Shanahan like mobile quarterbacks and Young fits that mode. The Browns may also take another quarterback in next week’s draft, and Brian Hoyer wants to reclaim the starting job he captured last year before suffering a season-ending injury.
That leaves Young with plenty of competition, but it would be a nice comeback story if Young earns a roster spot. What did the Browns have to lose by signing Young? He certainly has plenty to gain.