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Vince Young leaves with $350,000 from Bills

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Bills G.M. Buddy Nix has 350,000 reasons not to talk about quarterback Vince Young.

Cut today by the Bills after the team traded for Tarvaris Jackson, Young leaves with the $350,000 signing bonus he received after signing with the Bills on May 14, according to a source with knowledge of the contract.

Young would have made another $300,000 if he had made it onto the team’s 53-man roster for one game, and his base salary of $1.25 million would have been guaranteed, as a practical matter, if Young were on the Week One roster.

Young now becomes a free agent, again.  The next question is whether he’ll be joined by Tyler Thigpen or Brad Smith.  While it’s easy to assume that Jackson will be the No. 2 quarterback and that Thigpen will hit the road, Jackson could give the Bills a more potent weapon in the alternative offense than Brad Smith.

And let’s not forget that Jackson took a few snaps in 2009 as the personal punt protector in Minnesota.

So Jackson may not necessarily be the backup quarterback in Buffalo; he could become the Bills’ answer to Tim Tebow, with new quarterbacks coach David Lee devising a package for Jackson, who if nothing else could possibly be a better scout-team option for the Tebow offense as the Bills prepare to face the Jets.

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18 Responses to “Vince Young leaves with $350,000 from Bills”
  1. rubberinnertube says: Aug 27, 2012 5:04 PM

    The biggest winner in all of this?
    Brad Frickin Childress

    Every additional chance taken on T-Jack further removes Chilly from being associated with the drafting of T-Jack as one of his signature moves from his tenure in MN.

    He picked Jackson as an arrogant display of thinking he could are more talent than anyone else AND that he could also cultivate that talent better than anyone else.

    Yuck…

  2. cincinnasti says: Aug 27, 2012 5:05 PM

    T-Jax is probably pissed.. No way he has a chance over Fitzpatrick.. He will have to pray for an injury and then play out of his mind, to get a starting job in Buffalo..

  3. KIR says: Aug 27, 2012 5:06 PM

    I’m sorry, but if these schools are going make millions off kids, who really aren’t college students, and pass them along in classes they should pay them like hired pro athletes and not act like they’re student athletes. I’m convinced Jamarcuss Russell had similar retention problems.

    Young is one of the lucky ones. He made it to the pros and got paid. Most of these athletes end up back in they’re old neighborhood with no education, no skill and no money.

  4. niners816 says: Aug 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    $350,000 just to practice for a while and then get fired? Where do I sign up?!

  5. KIR says: Aug 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    The guy might not be able to learn the playbook but he’s a heck of a playground QB. You can’t tell me if the Cardinals put Young in and let him wing it with Fitzgerald they wouldn’t have something special for at least one season.

  6. EJ says: Aug 27, 2012 5:15 PM

    Gailey loves Brad Smith and he is way to valuable to let go. Smith plays QB, WR and ST/KR, jack of all trades. If anything it will be Thigpen heading towards the door after Jackson becomes comfortable with Chan’s complicated Offense. Fitzpatrick is a pretty tough and reliable player, so hopefully we will never see Jackson have to take the field. If we do see Jackson on the field, It will be because Fitzpatrick couldn’t get the job done correctly.

  7. nyjets1017 says: Aug 27, 2012 5:18 PM

    if brad smith is let go i hope the jets bring him back. He was a great weapon

  8. FinFan68 says: Aug 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    So Jackson may not necessarily be the backup quarterback in Buffalo; he could become the Bills’ answer to Tim Tebow, with new quarterbacks coach David Lee devising a package for Jackson, who if nothing else could possibly be a better scout-team option for the Tebow offense as the Bills prepare to face the Jets.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    That’s just dumb. If they want to prepare for Tebow, play the run and make him throw the ball. He may get a few good plays but history says he is a run threat…especially on 3rd down.

  9. tennesseeoilers says: Aug 27, 2012 5:24 PM

    There’s been a lot of fan speculation about Vince Young being snatched up by the Cardinals. At first I didn’t think much of it, even with their current QB crisis. But then I remembered it was the Cardinals who VY victimized with that jaw-dropping 99-yard game winning drive a few years ago. Something tells me that made an impression on Whisenhunt & Co. How could it not?

  10. lambeauleaper says: Aug 27, 2012 5:29 PM

    The Packers sure could use a legitimate back-up.

  11. intergalacticbronco says: Aug 27, 2012 6:17 PM

    I’m sorry, but if these schools are going make millions off kids, who really aren’t college students, and pass them along in classes they should pay them like hired pro athletes and not act like they’re student athletes. I’m convinced Jamarcuss Russell had similar retention problems.

    Young is one of the lucky ones. He made it to the pros and got paid. Most of these athletes end up back in they’re old neighborhood with no education, no skill and no money.

    Quit whining. The guy just made $350K in 4 months. Consider him paid. If he didn’t take advantage of the opportunities available to him he wouldn’t be the first, nor will he be the last, football player or not.

  12. tfoz5150 says: Aug 27, 2012 6:20 PM

    @ Rubberrinnertube: T-Jax is still in the league. That’s more than you can say for a lot of has been QB’s. Chilly wasn’t that bad either. They were an up and coming playoff team until the Favre Circus came to town. He gets a bad rap for his ice cold image.

  13. fordmandalay says: Aug 27, 2012 6:53 PM

    Whisenhunt will likely sign Vince in desperation to get SOME actual QB on the Cards. Then they’ll become the only team in the NFL with FIVE third-string quarterbacks.

  14. zn0rseman says: Aug 27, 2012 7:44 PM

    A few things…

    1: Tavaris Jackson is not all that athletic. He never was. He has a good arm but his brain power is on par with Vince Young, leading to bad decisions on the field.

    2: Tavaris Jackson cannot read defenses and teams have no respect for his passing abilities. If he steps in at QB, the Bills offense will be unable to throw again defenses that are sporting 8-9 guys in the box on every play.

    3: Tyler Thigpen is a better passer an more athletic QB than Tavaris Jackson.

  15. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 27, 2012 7:51 PM

    I think Tebow is actually the Jets’ Rock Cartwright….
    The Raiders used him as the protector with a direct snap play a few times.
    Maybe Jackson will be the Bills’ Cartwright?

  16. jamiebuf12 says: Aug 27, 2012 11:27 PM

    welcome to buffalo tavaris……………lets go b-u-f-f-a-l-o !!!!

  17. gmen1987 says: Aug 28, 2012 12:00 PM

    Breaking news…Buffalo still sucks.

  18. gmen1987 says: Aug 28, 2012 12:00 PM

    Buffalo..the NFL welfare case.

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