Apparently, Vince Young is about to become the most experienced quarterback on the Cleveland Browns’ roster.
The former first-round pick and 2006 offensive rookie of the year is taking a physical with the team and is expected to be in uniform for this week’s minicamp.
Young hasn’t appeared in a regular-season game since he was a member of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. He failed to make the Buffalo Bills’ roster the following year and didn’t stick with the Green Bay Packers coming out of training camp in 2013.
However Young has 50 NFL starts to his credit, 46 more than nominal Browns starter Brian Hoyer, who is coming back from ACL surgery. Cleveland cut ties with Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell in March, leaving only Hoyer and second-year man Alex Tanney on the QB depth chart.
The Browns, who own picks No. 4, 26 and 35 in the first two rounds of the draft, are expected to select a quarterback early next month. Bringing Young in could be a signal GM Ray Farmer is strongly considering an athletic passer like Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
The former Heisman Trophy winner’s unique skill set could make him a nightmare for NFL defenses to defend. However, the team that picks him would likely want a backup with abilities similar to Manziel’s so the offensive coordinator – Kyle Shanahan in this case – wouldn’t have to completely revise the gameplan in the event of an injury.
Young could be the ideal insurance policy in such a scenario.