Vince Young said Wednesday that he intends to be a starting quarterback in 2011. In Minnesota, he’d instantly be installed at the top of the depth chart.
Paving the way for VY to MN could be the possible hiring of Titans running backs coach Craig Johnson by the Vikings.
Darren McFarland of TitanInsider.com reports that Johnson could be joining the Vikings. McFarland says that Johnson has a close relationship with Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. Also, Johnson was the quarterbacks coach in Tennessee through 2009. Last year, he was moved to running backs coach after Kennedy Pola bailed for USC in the days before training camp.
Though the Titans may want to try to trade Young, the fact that he’s owed $4.25 million on the fifth day of the 2011 league year (which may or may not begin on March 4) coupled with a high base salary in 2011 means that he’ll most likely be cut. Because he has five years of NFL service, he’d be an unrestricted free agent, and thus free to sign with any other team in the league.