It sounds unlikely: A 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowl quarterback is openly begging for another chance in the NFL, and all 32 NFL teams are saying, “No. thanks.” But that’s exactly the situation Vince Young is in right now.
Young, who has been a free agent since the Bills cut him during the preseason, said in an interview with ESPN for Sunday’s Outside the Lines that he just wants some team to consider him, and any team that does will find out that he’s willing to put in all the necessary work.
“I made some mistakes. And when you have the type of mistakes that I have, being quarterback in the NFL, it can ruin your career. So right now, I’m trying to fight hard to give it another go, another shot,” Young said.
Part of the reason that Young so badly wants to get back into the NFL is that he needs the money: Despite making tens of millions of dollars from the Titans as the third overall pick in the 2006 draft (before the NFL dramatically reduced the money teams pay to highly drafted rookies), Young has reportedly gone broke. Young is suing a former agent whom he accuses of defrauding him out of money, and a financial adviser Young hired told Outside the Lines that Young’s personal financial situation is “shocking.” (And not as in, “It’s shocking how responsibly this young man has invested his millions.)
But it’s fair to wonder if any team will ever give him that shot. Much like Tim Tebow, Young can be effective in certain situations but isn’t a great fit in most NFL offenses. And unlike Tebow, Young’s work ethic has often been called into question.
If Young says and does all the right things and shows a willingness to work hard for whatever team will take him, there’s a reasonably good chance he’ll get an opportunity with another team this offseason. But there’s also a good chance that opportunity will end the same way Young’s opportunity with the Bills ended: With Young unemployed.