Report: Vikings not interested in Vince Young

AP

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told PFT Live last week that, if the team signs a veteran quarterback once free agency begins, the goal won’t be to acquire a mentor/understudy for Christian Ponder, but to bring in someone who will compete for the job.

According to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, the list doesn’t include eventually-to-be-former Titans quarterback Vince Young.  Per Wyche, the Vikings have not had internal discussions regarding the possibility of acquiring Young — and they apparently don’t plan to sign him.

We tend to think that, if the Vikings sign a veteran, it’ll be someone who tries to compete for the starting job, but who likely won’t be able to win it.  That way, the perception of competition will push Ponder, Ponder will secure the job, and the veteran gladly will assume by default the role of mentor/understudy.

51 responses to “Report: Vikings not interested in Vince Young

  1. Since VY is such an overrated, self important cry baby, I think that only leaves one possible destination for him: the Dallas Cowboys.

  2. Yea they will go with McDumb from skins.. career 80 QB rating…

    I say let the Christian lead the Vikings they need it after the love boat and Favre photos…

    😉

  3. What do they need Young for? I hear they’re looking at Tyler Thigpen and Brody Croyle. Should be a good year for the vikes, I think they might adding to their ONE bad season in a row….

  4. Too bad for Vince. Ponder would have been a wonderful mentor for him to learn from

  5. It’d probably make sense for them to sign someone of a style closer to what Ponder is.

  6. Sounds like a great idea to bring in someone who you dont really think has a chance to start…. solid. The true mark of a champion.

  7. I can’t believe any team could be interested in him!!! The only place he might fit in would be Palmers replacement in Cincy.

  8. quadryismail says:May 13, 2011 9:39 AM

    “Since VY is such an overrated, self important cry baby, I think that only leaves one possible destination for him: the Dallas Cowboys.”

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    This is the site of one linsers and this one WON it for me today…LMAO

    Poor Tony…

  9. Actually they would go after Young as long as they can get Ramsey County and the State Legislature to pay 70% of his salary.

    Hey-it’s not like the Vikes haven’t played them for suckers before!

  10. Hells bells. that figures coming from the Vikings. They want McNabb and will flounder this year with an over the hill QB. The thing they really want is Farve to come out of retirement again.

  11. Don’t worry there in the Land of 1000 Lakes : Jake Delhomme will be a free agent soon !

  12. . Why the Vikings are the most inept team in professional sports history

    ** 4 Superbowl losses

    ** 5 straight losses in NFC Championship games

    **Gary Anderson who had just completed the first perfect regular season in NFL history (not missing a single extra point or field goal attempt the entire year), missed a 38-yard attempt with less than 2 minutes remaining in NFC championship game that most likely puts Vikes in Superbowl in 98.

    **in 2003 Arizona’s last second touchdown on 4th and 28 against Vikings eliminated Vikings from playoffs. The moment of Arizona’s touchdown was actually the first moment the entire season in which the Vikings hadn’t led their division. The Vikings became the second team in football history to miss the playoffs after getting off to a 6-0 start

    **The “Hail Mary” pass Drew Pearson caught against the Vikes in 75 NFC championship to give Dallas the win in the final minute.

    **Jim Marshall’s wrong way run

    **The Herschel Walker trade in which Vikings gave Dallas three 1st rounders, three 2nd rounders, plus a 3rd and a 6th rounder in addition to 5 players. Walker lasts only 3 seasons in Minnesota
    ** In 1999 the Vikings select Michigan State Defensive end Dimitrius Underwood with the 29th overall pick. Underwood spent one day in camp and walked out. It was eventually shown Underwood suffered from mental Illness. The ineptness of the Vikings comes into play because his coaches at Michigan State warned NFL scouts that he was not mentally stable enough to play in the NFL.
    .
    **Vikings despite being favored, The Vikings lose 41-0 in NFC championship game in 2000.
    **Green Bays Antonio Freeman makes one of the all time great miracle catches in overtime to defeat Vikings in 2000
    **2003 In yet another move of ineptness the Vikings are on the board in the first round of the 2003 draft with the 7th overall pick. The Vikings missed the deadline to make the pick. Meanwhile, the two teams immediately behind Minnesota on the board Jacksonville and Carolina rushed their cards to the podium in New York and made their picks before the Vikings.
    ** With 19 seconds remaining in the 2010 NFC Championship game the Vikings call a timeout on 3rd and 10 at the Saints 33 yard line. They had one timeout remaining, so the smart money was on them running the ball and hoping to gain four to five yards — thus setting up an approximately 45-yard field goal as time expired to win the game. On that next play the Vikings are penalized for 12 men in the huddle. The penalty pushed them out of FG range and most likely cost them a trip to the Superbowl. See below for nail in the coffin on the next play
    **2010 Favre`s 4th down 4th quarter interception with seconds remaining vs Saints in NFC championship puts New Orleans in Superbowl.
    * Between 1986 and 1990, nine Vikings were arrested for drunken driving, and receiver Buster Rhymes was treated for cocaine dependency.

    * In 1988, citing “overwhelming negative response” from the public, the Vikings released convicted sex offender Mossy Cade.

    * In 1994, Joey Browner is charged with third-degree rape in Minneapolis. Charges are later dismissed.

    * In 1995, running back Keith Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

    * 1995, Star Minnesota Vikings quarterback Warren Moon is arrested in Houston and charged with misdemeanor assault after he slapped his wife, choking her “nearly to the point of unconsciousness.” Moon is later acquitted after his wife refuses to testify. A few months previously, Moon had been charged with sexual assault by a Vikings cheerleader in a case that was settled out of court.

    * That year, Moon allegedly struck his wife in the head with an open hand and choked her to the point where she almost passed out, according to police in Missouri City, Texas.

    She did not press charges and, although the case went to trial anyway, Moon was found not guilty.

    * In 1995, the Star Tribune reported that the Vikings paid $150,000 to head off a sexual harassment suit against Vikings assistant coach Richard Solomon, coach Dennis Green’s closest friend on the staff.

    * In 1996, James Harris, Minnesota Vikings defensive end, pleads guilty to third-degree assault for beating his wife.

    * In 1999, safety Orlando Thomas was disciplined by the NFL after pleading no contest to the misdemeanor charge of simple battery on his wife.

    * In 2002, receiver Randy Moss knocked a traffic cop to the ground with his car, then was charged with drug possession. He later reached an out-of-court settlement with the officer.

    * In 2002, two women claimed to be sexually assaulted at the team’s Arctic Blast fundraiser.

    * In 2004, linebackers E.J. Henderson and Michael Nattiel and tight end Steve Farmer were arrested after officers said they saw the players assaulting a man outside the Tabu nightclub in Minneapolis.

    * In 2005, running back Onterrio Smith was suspended by the NFL for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, two months after being caught at an airport with The Original Whizzinator, a kit designed to circumvent drug tests.

    * Also in 2005, coach Mike Tice was fined by the NFL for scalping Super Bowl tickets, and defensive tackle Kevin Williams was arrested on charges of domestic abuse.

    * Wide receiver Kelly Campbell driving a stolen SUV high with a stolen and weapon, with 16 grams of marijuana

    * Daunte Culpepper’s SUV involved in drug arrest

    * Former running back Ted Brown was indicted by a Mille Lacs County grand jury in late 2003 on first-and third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges after an incident at a team function on Lake Mille Lacs. He remains free on bail.

    Brown is charged in a February 2003 incident during the Vikings’ annual Arctic Blast event at Eddy’s Resort. Prosecutors allege that Brown forced sex on an intoxicated woman who was unable to consent.
    *Koren Robinson getting a DUI
    * Tommy Kramer DUI
    * Donald Igwebuike involved in drug trafficking
    * Robert Tate threatening to have the mother of his child beaten up by his cousin
    * Kenny Mixon not 1, not 2, but 3 DUI’s while with the team
    * Former Executive Mike Kelly getting a DUI going to bail out players at the Arctic Blast
    * Denny Green Sexual Harassment Allegations
    * EJ Henderson DUI * *While every team makes draft blunders I especially like this one. In 2005 the Vikings passed on Aaron Rodgers … twice. Once, to draft wide receiver Troy Williamson at No. 7 and again at No. 18 picking defensive end Erasmus James. Neither lived up to their hype and even more noteworthy both aren’t on the roster
    * January 2011 Vikings De Everson Griffin being arrested 2 times within 3 days. He was Drunk in public and then 3 days later was tased by the police after trying to run away after being pulled over for suspicion of felony battery.
    * 2010 Vikings trade a 3rd round draft pick to Patriots for WR Randy Moss. Moss is cut 4 games later

    *Oh, yeah, that whole sex boat scandal too.
    *2011 Former Vikings qb Warren Moon came up with this genius quote regarding Auburn QB Cam Newton. ” A lot of the criticism he’s receiving is unfortunate and racially based, Moon told Freeman. “ thought we were all past this. I don’t see other quarterbacks in the draft being criticized by the media or fans…”

    I`m sure there are things I missed but this is why

    I believe the Vikings are the most inept team Professional sports history

  13. Mike, You do a nice job on the air with Coach Frazier and you generally know what you’re talking about. But your editorial ‘we’ in the last paragraph allows you to state your opinion, and unfortunately the denizens of this site still prone to crushing their Bud Light Ice cans on their foreheads take that as a statement of the Vikings’ actual intent.

    You don’t know the actual intent, nor do the rest of us. Holy Vince Lombardi, Batman! It could really truly be that the Minnesota Vikings want a veteran QB to push Ponder and really truly TRY to win the starting job and put their best effort toward winning games this year.

    Do you think that Joe Webb, with more NFL starts and wins than Ponder, will just lay back and resign himself to being the backup for 15 more years? When recently interviewed, did Joe Webb lie when he said that he is preparing to compete for the Vikings starting QB job?

    AH HA! Joe secretly wants to go back to WR, a position about which he knows very little, and let the secret Vikings plot to deceive the world and spoon-feed Ponder the starting job while McNabb holds the clipboard, wears the visor and slaps Ponder’s butt every series. That’s the ticket!

    Scooped you, Mike! The cat is out of the bag! The jig is up! The Minnesota Vikings don’t care if they lose 15 games in 2011! There really ARE idiots running this franchise! Adrian Peterson to be traded to the New Orleans Saints for a pair of 7th round draft picks in the 2016 draft! Fran Tarkenton to be the next GM! Cris Carter to be next Offensive Coordinator/Public Relations Director! Jared Allen wants to be a kicker!

    Get those Vikings season tickets now, folks! This is going to be a fun ride!

    But wait, this is all moot unless the billionaires will somehow agree with the millionaires to split the multi-billion dollar annual pie that we as fans pay for. Hooray for parity! There is no better Etch-A-Sketch for quality football than forbidding coaches and players actually talking to each other and practicing together.

  14. “After reading an article published on ProFootballTalk.com, Vince Young disappeared from his domicile. His mother, fearing for his safety and implications of suicidal ideations, calls the police to report him missing.”

  15. Play Football Will You Already????? says:
    May 13, 2011 10:32 AM
    Don’t worry there in the Land of 1000 Lakes : Jake Delhomme will be a free agent soon !
    __________________

    Actually, that’s the type of guy they should be looking for. He’s had success in the league and started a lot of games, but now it’s time for him to be a backup. He would be a good mentor and can start until Ponder is ready.

    For those of you who think the Vikings should sign someone to help them win games this year, you’re probably the same people who criticize them for signing over-the-hill quarterbacks rather than grooming one for the future. In my opinion, Ponder has just as good a chance to win games as any other QB who is available.

  16. Vikings are still looking for a QB? Who can they thank for that, LOL? The Packers have theirs.

    This is what happens when you think you’re smarter than Ted Thompson. You know, things like “Tracy Porter” happen. Revenge on Ted = epic fail. Super Bowl XLV = world champions.

  17. All they have to do is put up a billboard for Favre down in Hicksville, send a few players down with a suitcase full of cash with the company jet to bring him back. Oh, and get a servants suit ready for Frazier to pick him up at the airport…

    Come on vikes, swallow your… Eh, I see the problem now! There’s no pride left!

  18. Hey, mountaindont – A Viking fan could put together the same kind of list about the Packers and post it on every Packer story that comes up, but no Viking fan is that big of a LOSER.

  19. Hey, ilpackerbacker – The Vikings are not still looking for a quarterback. They’re looking for a backup quarterback. Their quarterback is Christian Ponder, soon to be known as “Packer-Killer” Ponder.

  20. Pack Killer… Ha ha ha… Oh man, that’s rich!

    That moniker is right up there with Matty Ice… Ah. the offseason! When sugar plum dreams of championship football still dance in the heads of viking fans.

    I give it 2 months and viking fans will catch on to the fact Ponder is a bust.

  21. goombar2 says:
    May 13, 2011 12:59 PM
    Pack Killer… Ha ha ha… Oh man, that’s rich!

    That moniker is right up there with Matty Ice… Ah. the offseason! When sugar plum dreams of championship football still dance in the heads of viking fans.

    I give it 2 months and viking fans will catch on to the fact Ponder is a bust.
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    For your sake and that of your family, I suggest that you leave your current job and become an NFL scout. It is clear that you missed your calling as an NFL scout to PLEASE…do everyone a favor and find a team to work for.

  22. “I give it 2 months and viking fans will catch on to the fact Ponder is a bust”

    By July 14th the NFL following world will know the viability of Ponder as a starting quarterback? By the middle of July, during a work stoppage?

  23. LOL at football know-it-alls who can prognosticate NFL potentials by sitting at home in front of the TV shoving Cheetos and beer down their necks. Let the kid play a down before calling him a bust – and I’m not even a Vikes fan.

  24. Oh man, by the looks of my typing skills today you would think I was rooting for the Pack as well. Oh well!

  25. thephantomstranger:

    “Hey, ilpackerbacker – The Vikings are not still looking for a quarterback. They’re looking for a backup quarterback. Their quarterback is Christian Ponder, soon to be known as “Packer-Killer” Ponder.”

    __________________________________

    Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

    Over/Under on games Ponder will play in during his Vikings career: 32

    I’m taking the under all day long.

    Peppers + Urlacher + Briggs + Paea + Matthews + Raji + Bishop + Suh + Fairley = Pain for the most brittle QB in the NFC North.

    Did you see the film they showed of him scrambling through the middle on ESPN right after the pick?

    He might try that one time in the NFL, and the end of that broadcast will have this at the very end:

    “In memory of Christian Ponder”

  26. Darnit. I really thought Vince Young could truly blossom with someone with their head on as straight as a Christian Ponder there to mentor him. Too bad.

  27. gregjennings85 says:
    Over/Under on games Ponder will play in during his Vikings career: 32

    I’m taking the under all day long.

    Peppers + Urlacher + Briggs + Paea + Matthews + Raji + Bishop + Suh + Fairley = Pain for the most brittle QB in the NFC North.

    Did you see the film they showed of him scrambling through the middle on ESPN right after the pick?

    He might try that one time in the NFL, and the end of that broadcast will have this at the very end:

    “In memory of Christian Ponder”
    _______________

    Ponder had a few injuries in college (as did Adrian Peterson) but he played through them. That shows he’s tough, not brittle. I think the most brittle QB in the NFC North is Matthew Stafford.

  28. I don’t see there being much interest around the league in Vince Young.

    That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles sign him – after trading Kevin Kolb – as a backup/heir apparent to Michael Vick.

    Signing Vick was a controversial risk that paid off. Maybe lighting can strike twice.

  29. i dont care who they bring in or any talk about anyone they might bring in……

    Ponder is our guy. I’m excited to watch him play!

    Go Vikings.

    Also I’m excited to see cook advance at his position and the new TE… Very excited. Ponder will have the support and with his ability to extend the play and find the open guy…. Harvin, Rice, Kyle Rudolph, Shank, even AP or Gerhart out of the backfield….. I look to enjoy a fun season.

  30. JAMAC and VY a comparison? What a joke, becasue theyre both big bodied black men? Cmon Son!
    Look at winning percentage and ability VY is better than a large amount of QB’s in the League, its coaching COACHING! Fisher is a joke, and sabotaged VY in the media since day one.

    Any team that picks him up will benefit.

  31. at the END OF THE DAY Kolb will not have a better winning percentage than VY period.

  32. here is the back up

    Comey’s bullet points on Young:
    Former No. 3 overall pick after brilliant college career.
    Career .638 winning percentage as an NFL starter.
    Coming off seasons in which he went 12-6 as a starter; the other guys who started for Tennessee went 2-12.
    Competitive, above-average passer rating of 84.9 from 2008-10.
    NFL’s second-best running quarterback, and still in his athletic prime.
    Two-time Pro Bowler.
    Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006.

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