The Packers Have Signed Vince Young

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Vince Young

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.

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76 Comments on "The Packers Have Signed Vince Young"

  1. calpackerfan

    Nice – and i couldn’t agree more. Maybe they are going to have a contest between BJ and Vince to see who can throw the most INT’s during practice? Good training for the defense.

  2. Savage57

    From time to time, usually on Vikings related shit, I like to throw some pretty vile stuff.

    But for this, nothing but serious. If MM is a fraction of the QB guru that is his reputation, it is hard to imagine how he’ll be unable to take the athletic clay that is Vince Young is and create something remarkable.

    Young’s never had a chance to work with someone like MM. He’s also had the humbling experience of irrelevance, and that may be his greatest learning opportunity.

    I want to see Vince in the backfield with AR and blow up the minds of some DC’s in this league.

    Time to get creative, Mike.

  3. PF4L

    Is it just me…..Or is this team on a downward spiral?…..And I hate typing that. Our O line was a joke the last 2 years, and with Bulaga out, might be a bigger joke this season…..But we can all rest easy…..TT knows what he’s doing….Don Barclay and 31st NFL ranked left tackle Marshall Newhouse “PROTECTING” Rodgers in pass protection………How many years will it take Teddy to give Rodgers an O line?…..Who knows…He’ll probably get fired or retire 1st.

      • Kristofer from Oshkosh

        I meant the part where you say the Packers are in a downward spiral is where i strongly disagree. We, as Green Bay Packers Fans, have been spoiled and do not know a true downward spiral. You gota look at teams that finish last in the league or who have a higher and higher draft pick each year. The Packers have finished 26th or better for the past 5 or so years. That is a farcry from a downward spiral my friend. Packers fans do not know what a downward spiral even is because we are so privilaged to have such a great team for so long. You, sir,need to re-evaluate your comments.

        • PF4L

          Kris…..That’s all fine and well….Now tell me the Packers record without Aaron Rodgers the last 2 years…Yes, thank God for Rodgers. I wouldn’t enjoy a 4-12 Packer team.

          • Packer Bob

            Tell me the record of the Vikings without AP, the Broncos without Manning, the Seahawks with Wilson. You can’t just make a statement like that and not apply it to the whole league. Also, thanks for pointing out the fucking blatant obvious, like you’re the only god damn person on the planet who figured that one out.

          • Phatgzus

            1-2 without Rodgers and they damn near beat the Patriots and lost to the Lions (in an admittedly awful offensive performance-seriously, 0 points vs. the Lions’ secondary? even though the injury happened during the game and not a weenbin advance, still, vs. the Lions’ D?). 2 losses by a total of 2 scores, 1 against one if the best teams in the history of the NFL and a win with half the starters sitting. Maybe the rest of the team isn’t as bad as you think.

      • PF4L

        Is that where you get your scientific football knowledge iltarian?…Bleacher report?….Bwahahahahaha….Yea iltarion…The Packers had the #1 O line in the NFL….You go with that then….lol

        • Phatgzus

          Yeah BR is a pretty awful football site but the fact is they base much of their assumptions of OL ranking on the offensive success the previous year, and the fact of the matter is the Pack’s OL was pretty damn good in ’10 and ’11. furthermore, even a terrible site is likely to get the majority of the good o-lines in the top half and vice versa.•

  4. PF4L

    I almost always agree with savage…..But Young doesn’t have the mental make-up to be a NFL QB…..Learning a complicated pro system, emotional basket case, now financial broke…Both indicaters of his wonderlic score of 6….Career stats…More career int than td’s…Career passer rating of 74.4……………Sorry Ted…I don’t get it.

    • Phatgzus

      No he doesn’t and it’s also almost completely illogical to take the ball out of A-Rodg’s hands on a passing play even to acquire the element of surprise. As others have said this is likely just to help the D bone up on the read option (maybe even to the extent to see how other teams play against it in preseason games), esp. since there is no guaranteed money.

  5. Kristofer from Oshkosh

    This might actually be a great move because, as the article mentions, he can play on the scout team and the Packers will be overall better because we can actually prepare for speedy QBs. I love this move! Now lets trade for a pro bowl left tackle!

  6. Najeh Davenportland

    VY will always be a legend to me since I witnessed first hand his heroics at UT. Shit I even had a African American History class with him (which I must add he acted like a fucking Ying Yang Twin the whole time and never did his final presentation or paid any attention whatsoever but that is besides the point). IMO he’s the best college QB of all time. So happy is on the Pack. I hope he gets it all figured out and we have another redemption story in the locker room.

    Hook ’em

  7. GBslacker

    Vince is cheap and disposable.

    Rodgers can take the year off until they find a suitable oLine — no sense in jeopardizing his health and ruining his career with an injury, not to mention the guaranteed bucks he’d be due.

    Receivers are questionable this year — so keep Green, Starks, Harris, Lacy, Franklin, Pease, and Kuhn — and just run like hell ’til we get to 2014.

  8. Vijay

    PF4L….Again, if I was only the Packer’s GM…(sigh)

    I mean that, seriously, I want to be. I’d do much better with a QB like Rodgers in tow.

  9. Shawn Iltarion

    Barring injury, VY has NO shot at Harrell’s job.

    Not sure what TT and MM have in mind, but this is out of TT’s wheelhouse, and just that makes it interesting.

  10. Ryan

    I don’t know… It does seem rather weird, but I think I actually kind of like this signing. He may not be as fast as the other running QB’s we’ll see soon, but he should give the defense a better look at what to expect than Harrell or Coleman running those offenses. And he actually has started in the NFL before, so should he need to come into a game I guess I might feel a little better with him than the other two. Again, not what I was expecting to read tonight, but it does kind of make sense.

  11. Calpackerfan

    If his personal finances are any indication of mental capacity, this should be fun to watch. Maybe he can rent that basement harell was living in. How do you hire a moron that blows millions, can’t hold a job, has a completion percentage hovering at 50%, and throws as many int’s as tds?

  12. Joan

    when it comes to this: “They cut him before the season after he performed abysmally (276 yards, no TDs, two picks) during the preseason.”

    you just have to remember this:
    – the fans were chanting for VY to replace Fitzpatrick, the QB who the GM and Coach gave a $50+ million contract to the season before
    – the picks VY threw were against the #1 team from PIT with the #2 of the Bills: NONE of the WRs on that #2 team made the 53 man roster
    – word in Buffalo was that they wanted to get rid of Vince Young for 3 reasons: QB controversy + protecting Tyler Thigpen’s job (even Bill fans wholeheartedly agreed that Chan Gailey did whatever it took to protect TT’s job) + the money issues that he had back then were becoming a distraction on the field
    Vince Young will be an asset to the Packers and he should use this time to learn how a top-notch organization operates.

    And for those who think he sucks:
    1) look up his stats for 2009-2010, his first come back: 10 TDs to 3 INTs or so
    2) look at his games against the NYG and Patriots when he was in Philly. If D-itisallaboutme-Jax had not had crocodile arms, that Pats game would have been very close. But he dropped the TD that was literally falling in his lap and didn’t even look at the other TD pass thrown his way, protecting that sorry ass of his

    Anyway, if Vince Young is given a fair shot, he will do very well. And I think the Packs will give him a fair shot. So, hopefully some good times ahead for Vince and the Packs!

    • Kristofer from Oshkosh

      Very well written and what you say here gives a more accurate representation of what VY is all about and how he will be an asset to the packers.

  13. PF4L

    Here’s the bottom line….If Rodgers cant play because of injury, it doesn’t matter who the back-up QB’s are. I’m not sure if the Packers win 10 games the last 2 seasons without Rodgers.

  14. Kyle

    It will be interesting watching Vince play in the preseason. I hope Mike McCarthy can turn him into a more consistent quarterback. He had some really decent games with the Titans, but other times he was pretty horrible.

  15. DevilDon

    Is it just me or does everyone think he’s got a shit-ton more potential than Harrell? I can’t see a downside to this signing.

    • Kyle

      He has a lot more experience as a starter, and he can run the read-option effectively. And being elected to 2 pro bowls + a rookie of the year award doesn’t hurt.

      • Phatgzus

        That was a long time ago and he wasn’t even good then, look t his stats those seasons and that’s in a division with the Colts, Texans, and Jaguars when their defenses were all terrible. His only defining feature was his ability to run (Michael Vick lite) and I’d bet Rodgers is no worse a runner than he is now.

  16. fake penis

    It will be nice to practice against a running quarterback. That has to have a lot to do with keeping him if he can still throw.

  17. packman

    So……..the pack loose Bryan Bulaga for the year and respond with signing Vince.Young???? I give Thompson props for what he did in the draft this past spring but the time has come for him to step up and make a trade. This team desperately needs help on the OL and has pieces in other areas to make a low end deal possible. Trade a 2nd round pick plus green or sparks or someone. Make something happen and improve the OL.

    • Phatgzus

      No ones going to trade a starting left or right tackle for anything less than a 1st-round pick, and as it’s the Packers, they won’t be getting a good tackle for that level of pick; LTs are the second most valuable position in this era of football, no one’s going to trade a valuable LT or QB for anything less than 3 or 4-years’ worth of 1st-round picks.

    • Kristofer from Oshkosh

      I dont think the Vince Young signing was a responce to losing Bulaga. Signing VY was probably something they were looking into for a while and then pulled the trigger after witnessing the horrible showing by the QBs at the family night scrimmage.

  18. the real russ letlow

    no guarantees = no risk = why not? as stated above , if Aaron goes down for awhile it doesn’t matter………….

  19. ay hombre

    This is once again nothing more than a value play. Tremendous upside….zero downside. The timing is a little strange, but nothing in this organization happens by chance. Maybe Teddy only wanted to make a move on Vince Young if no one else wanted him. I think that was a big factor in us signing Charles Woodson back in the day. Teddy knows the value goes up and Vince’s ego goes down the longer he sits there and this provides a better opportunity for the Packer organization to rehabilitate his career. This is a person not in position to NOT buy in to whatever the team is trying to do.

    Now we have a man with, seriously, unlimited earning potential in the future if he can get his shit right and make a statement ala Michael Vick. And yeah I know….he’s not going to get that type of opportunity around here. Or is it that the timing is not strange at all? Maybe the Packer brass think there’s very good reason to have a proven winner back there since our offensive line may potentially rival that of the Watson School for the Blind. Hell! Aaron Rodgers might not make it out of week one. That’s reality y’all! We’re one play away from Graham Harrell.

    And even though VY seems about as smart as a bucket of bolts and touts his massive Wonderlic score…he’s a winner! Don’t ask me how, but despite not being able to tell me the answer to 2+2 or read multi-syllabic words, the man wins football games!

    Can you imagine if someone could teach this player?

    All the potential in the world versus we cut him and it costs us nothing. Not bad Teddy.

  20. rebelgb

    Hate Vince Young.

    Another terrible black youth who got all the shit in the world handed to him because he can play football and because all the white media and white feel gooders feel like we owe him something cuss he is a dumb black guy. Likes its our fault hes an idiot.

    This guy never deserved to be rich in the first place so who cares that he is broke? Some poor white kid with outstanding grades didnt get to go to college for free so this joker could win football games for a bunch of racist fat white guys.

    This guy belongs on the Vikings or the Cowboys not the Packers.

    • Kristofer from Oshkosh

      it makes me feel sick to my stomach that there are people like you in this world. And I am a white person, since that seems to matter to you.

  21. rebelgb

    Thank you. Telling the truth is often unpleasant. If you want to point fingers in regards to the “race card” I suggest you start with the Scouts and Sports Writers who put this guy on their shoulders primarily because HE WAS BLACK.


    • Phatgzus

      They didn’t give him a free ride because he was black but because he was athletic, ah fuck it not gonna have this discussion because it never goes anywhere productive; you hang on to your PoV and I’ll keep mine.

  22. rebelgb

    Kristofer from Oshkosh:

    it makes me feel sick to my stomach that there are people like you in this world. And I am a white person, since that seems to matter to you.

    It makes me sick that there are people LIKE YOU in the world who walk around with your eyes closed and only a desire to be politically correct in all areas of your life.

    You want to help the disenfranchised? Tell them the truth.

    • Kristofer from Oshkosh

      The truth is, there may be some truth to what you were saying, but to say it in a negative racial way is wrong. You say that this black guy doesnt deserve what he got and that because he did, some poor white kid with outstanding grades didnt. Do you realize how that sounds? No, you dont. what if that kid who didnt get in, in your story, was another black kid, would you feel as bad? probably not. You are racist towards black people, and it makes me sick, just to reiterate.

  23. Joan

    this is your new backup QB:

    get away from all this stupid other stuff that you guys are talking about. let the guy play and show what he can do. in Philly he was trying too hard to hit homeruns with every snap he took, so that he could get back to a starting job ASAP. I think he has matured a lot and you will see more play like in this clip than what you saw in Philly.

    enjoy your starting QB or your backup QB win games and let’s see how far the Packs can go this year.

  24. rebelgb

    Kristofer your right. The comment about the white kid missing school because of Young was ill conceived. The point was that ANY other kid could have gone to college instead of this dumb guy who could play football.

    Um Joan you didnt do Young any justice with that You Tube link. That had to be the worst highlight video ive eve seen. I thought Tim Tebow had the worst delivery in football till I was reminded of VY’s. Holy cow is that guy bad (Young). Thank God for Aaron Rodgers.

    Also how do you know he has matured? Have you spoke to him recently? Ive been saying since the guy was a Sophmore in college that the guy has serious Character flaws. AKA Aaron Hernandez without the murder. You dont just “mature” out of serious character flaws.

    Guys a piece of shit, all there is to it.

  25. I concur…why do we keep giving these people more and more chances…there was a time…thinking when the real Vince was around…that this guy wouldn’t even be considered…whatever the politics…you just don’t bring this type of character on your team…it would be like the Pack signing Jermarcus Russell…really…the inmates are truly running the funny farm with this one.

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