In an attempt to spice up the backup quarterback battle behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick, the Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with Vince Young.
The 28-year-old was a standout at The University of Texas and chosen third overall in the 2006 NFL Drafty by the Tennessee Titans. He was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year that season but had and up-and-down five-year tenure with the Titans. He spent last year with the Philadelphia Eagles, playing in six games and throwing for 866 yards and four touchdowns against nine picks. He had a career-low 60.8 passer rating in 2011.
“We think adding Vince to our roster will create more competition for the backup quarterback position,” said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix. “He brings with him some unique physical abilities that most are aware of and that will make the competition interesting. It’s all about improving our team.”
The addition of Young gives the Bills added security behind Fitzpatrick. Young will battle for the No. 2 job with incumbent Tyler Thigpen, who backed up Fitzpatrick last season.
The team did not announce the terms of the deal, but ESPN reported it’s a one-year deal worth $2-million plus another $1-million in possible incentives.
The 6-foot-5, 232-pound signal-caller was a Pro Bowl selection in 2006 and 2009. He has completed 755-of-1,304 passes for 8,964 yards and 46 touchdowns and added 1,459 rushing yards on 282 attempts with 12 touchdowns in 60 games. In his 50 career NFL starts, he has a 31-19 record.