According to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers will reportedly sign free agent quarterback Vince Young.
It is being reported as a one-year deal and that Young will compete for a backup spot on the roster. It was reported on Sunday that the Packers would have Young in for a workout. They apparently liked enough of what they saw and should be announcing the transaction shortly.
Packers General Manager Ted Thompson was said to have been a big supporter of Young’s back in 2006 when Young entered the NFL draft. The Packers apparently needed only one week to know that they are not sold on current back up quarterbacks, Graham Harrell and BJ Coleman. Coleman has struggled during live team sessions and is still forcing too many passes into coverage. Harrell has performed well, overall, during training camp and during the pre season, but has not played well in live game action.
Hodkiewicz announced the Vince Young news via his Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
League source confirms Vince Young has signed a one year with #Packers to compete for backup QB job
— Wes Hodkiewicz (@WesHod) August 5, 2013
Young’s mobility has already led to speculation that the team could benefit from the looks he can give the defense as they prepare to face the San Francisco 49ers and mobile quarterback Colin Kaepernick in week one. The 49ers run a version of the pistol offense, which shredded the Packers defense during last year’s playoffs. The Packers may also face another mobile quarterback in week two if Robert Griffin III is healthy enough to play for the Washington Redskins when they travel to Green Bay for the Packers’ home opener.
Young last played in 2011 for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills last season, but was released at the end of training camp. Young was drafted third overall in the 2006 draft by the Tennessee Titans, where he spent the first five years of his career. Young led the Titans to a playoff appearance in 2007.
Young is best remembered by many for the last snap he took as quarterback of the Texas Longhorns against USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl:
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