Vince Young

Vince Young has not been a part of a professional football team since 2014, and he has not seen a down of action in a game since 2011, but he is not ready to hang up his football pads just yet. Young, the former No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft is heading to the Canadian Football League in his latest comeback attempt.

According to a report from TSN, citing agent Leigh Steinberg’s travel plans, Young is closing in on a deal to sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. A formal announcement could come as soon as Thursday.

As it stands right now, the Roughriders already have five quarterbacks on the current roster, including former Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne and Kansas State quarterback Jake Waters. It would be expected that Young would get a chance to compete for the starting job after the Roughriders were unable to reach a new deal with last year’s starting quarterback, Darian Durant.

Because Durant and the Roughriders were unable to reach a new deal, the team traded him to the Montreal Alouettes and were suddenly in the market for a starting quarterback with some experience. Waters played in three games last season and attempted five passes. Kinne saw playing time in four games and attempted 11 passes. Toronto native Brandon Bridge, who played college football at South Alabama, got in 12 games last season and attempted just 13 passes.

Young was the NFL’s comeback player of the year in 2009 and he has since attempted to make a comeback in the NFL with four different teams since parting ways with the team that drafted him, the Tennessee Titans (who have a track record of drafting and misfiring on quarterbacks, with the possible exception of Marcus Mariota).

Young signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 as a potential backup to Mike Vick. It was there Young made the comments about the Eagles being a dream team following a busy offseason of roster management. Those Eagles went 8-8 and missed the playoffs. After one season, Young was not retained by the Eagles and he moved to Buffalo in 2012. He didn’t make it to the regular season roster and hoped for the best the next summer with the Green Bay Packers, who kept him on the roster for training camp and let him go just weeks after adding him. It was the same story the following May with the Cleveland Browns, who released Young just 12 days after signing him.

So now Young heads north of the border in hopes that this comeback attempt lasts longer than a month. That would be a good start.


About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.