Report: Raiders having “preliminary” talks with Vince Young

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Former Titans, Eagles and Bills quarterback Vince Young is eager to talk to any NFL team that will hear him out in an effort to explain why he deserves another chance in the NFL. He may have found one team that’s at least willing to listen.

Young is in talks with the Raiders about visiting them for a workout, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Rapoport cautioned that those talks are “preliminary,” so we’re probably not going to be seeing Young in the Silver and Black any time soon.

Still, even “preliminary” interest is more than Young has been generating elsewhere since the Bills cut him during the 2012 preseason. Young has said repeatedly that he wants another shot in the league (in large part because he needs the money), and the Raiders appear to be the closest thing he has found to a taker.

Oakland currently has two quarterbacks on the roster, Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor, and it’s unclear what the Raiders’ plans are at the position. It won’t be easy for Young to convince an NFL team to give him a shot, but Young in Oakland might just be crazy enough to work.

102 responses to “Report: Raiders having “preliminary” talks with Vince Young

  1. Can’t hurt, because he’d probably sign for cheap. You could offer a 2 year deal with the second year conditional to what happens in the first.

  2. Not sure what happened to Palmer. He was a very good QB until going to the Raiders. Seems like it might be time to move on. Not sure Young is what they need.

  3. “sterling7 says:
    Mar 13, 2013 1:19 PM
    Which is why the Raiders are where they are…..”
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    He’s calling them. That doesn’t mean they are actually taking his calls. He probably can’t get past the receptionist. Read the lame article before you follow it up with a lamer post.

  4. Can someone honestly say that signing Young and getting out from under CP’s contract right now would really be a bad thing for the Raiders?

    I don’t think you can. We are a year away from a massive amount of dead money coming off the books….we’ve released or chosen not to resign almost any vet not making league minimum beside Kelly and McClain, who are probably getting axed soon. What good does even keeping Palmer and (shooting high) winning 7 games do if next year he’s still impossible to keep?

    I’m 100% on board with having Young replace Palmer for a year and having a competition in camp that everyone knows TP will win.

    The kind of financial freedom the Raiders would find themselves in at this exact time next year would be unheard of with some solid pieces to build with AND a true understanding of what we have in TP.

  5. Not stoked.

    I’m willing to give Big Reg the benefit of doubt on his other moves, but bringing in Young is insulting.

    2013 is going to be rough.

  6. I love this. Won’t be popular but would be brilliant. Vince Young is a proven winner on this level:.We need a fierce competitor like him under center.

    VY wins. It doesn’t always look pretty but he gets it done. That’s what the My squad needs right now.

  7. They have Vince Young 2.0 on Staff with Terrelle Pryor. Must need someone to mentor him… lol!

  8. Release every decent player on the team and sign NFL flunkies. Master Plan nearly complete (grinning evilly)

  9. I would love to see what young can do with the Raiders their is nowhere to go but up on this one

  10. couldn’t have said it better raiderufan.

    This team is on the verge of undoing years of bad contracts. Of course it is going to come at the expense of wins, but in the end they will be in a better spot.

    Young could also be a way to try and get Palmer to take a pay cut.

    Either way, things are finally being turned around in Oakland. It’s scary because if Kelly goes, they only have three set starters on defense. (Houston, Burris, Branch) But who cares?

    The Raiders were not a piece or two away from competing with the Niners, the Broncos, or the Pats, let alone a team as bad as the Bills. The Raiders were not another season with Hue Jackson away from a Super Bowl. They were a mess and have been a mess for over a decade. I’m so happy to see that mess is finally being cleaned up and things are being turned towards the right direction.

  11. Keep in mind the original report for this came from a fictional sports writer on twitter. (Not Rapoport) The guy Darren Rovell or something like that put out a bunch of other false reports yesterday.

  12. Not sure why people are viewing this as a joke. Young will probably be offered non guaranteed minimum contract. What exactly is the harm in seeing if someone that won 60% of his starts in the league has anything to give your team? There is no commitment here long term or short.

    I swear people have a hard time thinking through things logically.

  13. Only Real Raider fans know what’s going on with this team we are planning for the future and we need to see what we have in Pryor let the Haters Hate they act like they know more than Reggie.

  14. They’re not bringing in VY to start.

    Thing to grab out of this might be that they’re leaning toward giving the kid from OSU the start, actually.

    If they blow everything up, cut/trade Palmer and put Terelle Pryor in, VY could be had for very cheap and be a good backup for an Athletic Running QB.

    Hell if I were them (I have a feeling Al Davis would have felt the same way) I’d bring in Tebow. He’d be cheap, he’s young as hell, you don’t have much better on the roster– or your ego tied to an established QB. Plus putting him back in the division with Denver? I guarantee you they’d at least split with the Broncos in 2013. As a Denver fan I would hate to see that.

  15. regardless of what people might think about this guy, fact remains his rose bowl performance was the most dominant individual performance in a college football game. That dude looked like super mario against a very good usc defense.

  16. If this is true, I love it. When Vince Young started for the Titans, they went 30-17…The guy can win games, say whatever you want about his financial issues or his accuracy, he still wins games. I think it’d be smart of Reggie to bring Vince Young in, even just to try him out. Be patient Raider fans, Reggie movies slowly but surely.

  17. Vince Young has a “WINNING” percentage in this league….you guys are trashing him like he IS Carson Palmer who is a PROVEN BUM! Not to mention that Palmer quit on the Bengals organization….

  18. Atleast we have our past glories to hold onto… hell, some teams don’t even have that. Rough year ahead…

  19. 1) Young has the ability to utilize the read option
    2)He could relay his experiences to Pryor
    3)He is a winner, especially now if someone does give him a second chance (chip on his shoulder deal)

  20. I just love all the haters…..Hope u man up when the Raiders start winning again. This turn around is going to take time. There will be a lot of lower level talent on this team this year but look out after this year.

    You don’t build a winner through free agency, you build it through the draft. We have to get rid of all the dead weight and bad contracts on this team before we can even think about winning.

    True Raider fans need to be patient and stop whining and complaining about who’s coming or going. I hate losing just as much as anyone but that has never stopped me from being a true fan.

    After all is said and done I believe Reggie and DA will make this a perennial Super Bowl Contender for years to come…….there’s no other place to go but up!!!!

  21. The word “preliminary” is 4 syllables more than Vince Young is used to using or hearing.

  22. Re: It won’t be easy for Young to convince an NFL team to give him a shot, but Young in Oakland might just be crazy enough to work.

    I see what you did there.

  23. I’ve been waiting for news about the Raiders othen than another team signing one of our few good players. This is NOT the news I was hoping for. Is Reggie on vacation this week? Did he leave Hue Jackson in charge?

  24. 90% of these comments are from people who think VY has already signed. Read the article. It says the talks are very preliminary! They are discussing if they should even bring him in for a workout. Get a clue people!

  25. Carson Palmer is on his way out. He’s still an OK qb, a good stop-gap for a team that is waiting to draft a franchise guy.

    He might be better as a backup somewhere (on the west coast of course, can’t put poor carson too far from home).

    I bet the cards would love to have him.

  26. Ha Ha I called this yesterday. How pathetic Raider nation has become. Check out my comment on this article…

    David Garrard will get a chance to compete for starting job

    Posted by Darin Gantt on March 12, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

  27. I’m hoping this is aimed at getting Carson Palmer to agree to a salary reduction. I’d rather not see Uncle Rico sidearming the ball in a Raider jersey. If Carson won’t restructure, I’d just assume they roll with Pryor for a year and see what happens. Uncle Rico can not throw the ball a quarter mile, or over that mountain. VY sucks. Bring back Jason Campbell before signing VY please.

  28. Oh my god! Who let the Jets fan in here… you people are beyond stupid. Get lucky one year and they think they are allowed to speak.

  29. Let’s see if it actually goes somewhere.

    The Raiders are and continue to be rebuilding. (Sorry Al, no reloading. RIP.) Here’s to hoping for Clowney next season, barring catastrophic injury.

  30. proanvk says:Mar 13, 2013 1:59 PM

    Vince Young has a “WINNING” percentage in this league….you guys are trashing him like he IS Carson Palmer who is a PROVEN BUM! Not to mention that Palmer quit on the Bengals organization….
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    Uhm… scratching head in confusion… VY quit on the Titans. Went completely off the reservation and his career was never the same after. While Carson may not have a high win percentage, he is a professional who shows up in the film room and works everyday. Vince probably can’t even spell the phrase “offensive formations”

  31. He was 31-19 as a starter but he also had one of the Nfls best defense for a majority of the time. Kerry Collins was 13-3 the year he took over for Vince , so it shows you it wasn’t the qb winning games . It was vandenbosch, haynesworth, finnegan, bullock , Thornton, griffin , hope( when he was actually good), and etc…

  32. One thing I’ve been saying is that it’s stupid for a team to carry two completely different types of QBs that need pretty different playbooks to be effective. Palmer and Pryor are opposite ends of the spectrum in that regard. It means that the rest of the offense has to learn a larger playbook and they dilute their practice of either part of it. That’s a net loss for the team.

    If, and it’s a big IF, they are serious about Young then that means that they are getting no interest from Palmer in a restructure and are deciding to go with a running QB system. For settling one type of system, that’s a good thing.

    The problem is the candidates involved. Young and Pryor would literally be Dumb & Dumber competing for the job. These guys have two of the lower Wonderlic scores ever to make it into the NFL at QB. For these two, they wouldn’t need a playbook, they’d need a play pamphlet that had maybe 5 plays for them to learn.

    If this truly is the direction, then I’d rather see DMac convert to QB. He runs better than either of those two, is smarter, and from what I’ve seen, has an arm at least as good as either if not better.

  33. The Raiders should be checking out every free agent QB out there. Palmer should be cut. Pryor is not the answer. Unfortunately, any QB with pride would not want to lead that team next season. You have no chance of winning and it is just going to end your career. VY might be the only guy that will consider the Raiders. Taking a QB in the draft is not going to be the answer either as the young man will be overwhelmed by the lack of talent on the roster. It is a mess.

  34. jags2daship says:
    Mar 13, 2013 2:04 PM
    I hope they are considering him for a position throwing shirts into the stands. He has some prior experience tossing stuff into the stands

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    I doubt it. That job requires decent arm strength and some semblance of accuracy.

  35. It makes sense to bring in a bunch of junkers for a season. You hire in anyone and everyone that you can to fill a 53 man roster as cheaply as possible. No one is going to be clamoring for guaranteed money or long term deals. Bring in people that just want a shot.

    This is rebuilding. And it is a rebuild of an organization that hasn’t been headed in the right direction since Rich Gannon and company. They’re probably in worse shape than the Jets, because there is at least SOME talent on the Jets team.

    McKenzie is blowing it all up and starting over. Two more years and it could be a team with a talented roster and room under the cap. They might even be competitive. This season isn’t about winning games. This season is about getting out from under Al Davis’ slow descent into madness.

  36. Snark aside, this isn’t a bad move for the Raiders. Give him league minimum and a shot to compete. Making league minimum *should* keep his attitude/locker-room-cancer thing in check. If not, cut him.

    Worst case scenario, he fails miserably, you cut him in preseason and you had a “camp arm” for training camp.

    Best case… well… yet to be determined! But a decent outcome would be having a serviceable veteran backup QB at a decent price who (hopefully) won’t make a fool out of himself if he had to fill in for Carson and/or Pryor.

    Why not?

  37. Well, they just lost the guy from Harvard to Cleveland. Might as well replace him with a comparable intellect.

  38. The best cost effective move for the Raiders is quarterback Vince Young… He’s 6′-5″, Healthy, Mobile, Has a strong arm, Has playoff experience, and a proven Winner in the NFL (31-19)…. You can’t go wrong by bringing this guy in for a TRYOUT….

  39. I am from TN and actually watched VY play. He had some flaws but from a realistic and unbiased standpoint I will offer some observations.
    1. Wouldn’t be a bad signing for the Raiders as he would come cheap and does have a winning record as an NFL QB. Yes he did have a good defense during that time but he did win those games as a testament to all of the comeback victories he has had in his career in TN. Fisher always played not to lose and would always keep games closer than what they should have been. That is why teams that should have been blowouts we were barely beating. It would take a 4th quarter drive at the end to win and that was the way Fisher would play. Yes defense was good but VY did win the games.
    2. VY is use to playing on a team with no offensive talent. Had Lendale White as a starting RB and Justin Gage (#4 receiver on other teams) as a #1 but never complained. Did not get any weapons until drafting Britt and signing Nate Washington in his 3rd year but was benched by Fisher after getting injured. The 13-3 season was due to CJ2K and nothing more. Defense was good but offensively still struggled with the exception of CJ2K.
    3. His accuracy and and awareness did improve, especially in his last 2 years with the team, even near the top of the league in QBR before his injury his final season here. Actually compared to what he have going in Jake Locker and his inaccurate passes everywhere, unless he surprises this season, I would rather have VY back. At least he does have a very accurate deepball (still needs a little work on intermediates and touch passes).
    4. Would probably play better playing for a coach that actually wanted him there and actually played to his strengths like Harbaugh, Shannahan, and Caroll did with their QBs. Saved Fisher’s job twice in TN but Fisher never wanted him as QB. Was actually a pick of Bud Adams the owner. I never understood our coaching staff. Started doing a read option with VY and CJ and it was deadly when they ran it but would only do it once a game.

  40. radrntn March 13, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

    regardless of what people might think about this guy, fact remains his rose bowl performance was the most dominant individual performance in a college football game. That dude looked like super mario against a very good usc defense.
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    And this is precisely why people think he’s good. His reputation is built off of one game in college. He’s been horrible in the pros. Obviously you west coast people didn’t get to see his action for the Eagles. He’s complete garbage. That Rose Bowl game was a looooonnnnggg time ago.

    And watch out, if he says one thing it will stick with your team forever, no matter how long ago he played for them.

  41. wehager says:
    Mar 13, 2013 1:48 PM
    Looks like @DConnollyNFL called the V. Young meeting with Raiders early yesterday and it was laughed at.

    Well seeing how Darren Connolly is not a person and a fake account you can take what he says with a grain of salt. He also claimed that Revis got traded to the Jags for 3 picks and that Anthony Bourdain was going to buy the bears.

  42. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 13, 2013 1:28 PM

    I love this. Won’t be popular but would be brilliant. Vince Young is a proven winner on this level:.We need a fierce competitor like him under center.

    VY wins. It doesn’t always look pretty but he gets it done. That’s what the My squad needs right now.
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    Didn’t they say the same thing about Tebow?

  43. brant76 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:21 PM

    proanvk says:Mar 13, 2013 1:59 PM

    Vince Young has a “WINNING” percentage in this league….you guys are trashing him like he IS Carson Palmer who is a PROVEN BUM! Not to mention that Palmer quit on the Bengals organization…. ________________________________

    Uhm… scratching head in confusion… VY quit on the Titans. Went completely off the reservation and his career was never the same after. While Carson may not have a high win percentage, he is a professional who shows up in the film room and works everyday. Vince probably can’t even spell the phrase “offensive formations”
    ——

    Um didn’t Carson Palmer quit on the Bengals? Didn’t he demand a trade in the middle of his contract and retired not because he really wanted to but because the team wouldn’t trade him? Then as soon as he was traded he unretired? If that’s not quiting on your team I don’t know what is.

  44. As a Titan fan, though drafting him third overall deems him a bust, he played well at times. The 99-yd game-winning drive against the Cardinals was amazing. His NFL career is most likely over, but I hope he can turn it around and be successful somewhere, awful money manager though he may be.

  45. genesto says: Mar 13, 2013 3:36 PM

    Raiders are about to make NFL history – the first team to go win less!!
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    Everyone knows it, but someone has to say it. genesto, you are an idiot.

  46. If The Oakland Raiders sign Vince Young,.Please don’t do what the “Eagles and Bills” did…. Give him a FAIR chance to compete with no strings attached… and you will get Vince Young’s best performance.

  47. Does anybody read anymore?

    The article said,

    “He MAY have found one team that’s at least WILLING to listen.

    Young is in talks with the Raiders about VISITING them for a workout, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

    Rapoport cautioned that THOSE TALKS ARE “PRELIMINARY,” so WE’RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO BE SEEING YOUNG IN SILVER AND BLACK ANYTIME SOON.

    If you’re going to get your panties in a knot, at least wait until you have a reason.

  48. The majority of these negative comments are being made by Raider Haters. Vince is a winning qb and that is proven. Bring him in and let he and TP go for it. All you chumps keep laughing because the Raiders will rise again. See you haters at the game.

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