Apparently Vince Young showed the Green Bay Packers enough in his workout earlier today that they decided to give the quarterback a contract.
The Urinal Sentinel suggests that contract is a one-year deal worth the veteran’s minimum of $840,000 and no guaranteed money. That means if Young doesn’t make the final roster, the Packers owe him nothing.
So, it’s no-risk deal for the team.
Young hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011, when he was Michael Vick’s backup in Philadelphia. He spent training camp with the Bills last season. They cut him before the season after he performed abysmally (276 yards, no TDs, two picks) during the preseason.
After singing the praises of Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman all offseason, the Packers obviously decided it was time to shake things up at backup quarterback. The primary reason appears to be Coleman’s poor decision making.
He threw two picks during the Family Night scrimmage. One of them was the type of boneheaded move that brought back memories of Favre.
Harrell, meanwhile, was solid enough during the same scrimmage, but he’s never going to wow anyone with his big arm or great athleticism.
Unlike Harrell, Young brings a certain set of intangibles to the table, primarily athleticism and the ability to win at the NFL level. Young is 30-17 as a starter.
He’ll now get a shot to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup. He’ll also come in handy when the Packers defense is trying to prepare for guys like Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.
The Packers face those guys in week one and two.