Report: Raiders no longer interested in Vince Young
The Oakland Raiders reportedly expressed interest in adding Vince Young in a backup capacity after the former University of Texas All-American performed well in a workout with the team last month. The Raiders, though, have lost interest in signing Young after the selection of Tyler Wilson in last week's NFL Draft. Young will turn 30 later this month.
Young, the No. 3 pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, did not play in 2012 after his release from the Bills last August. It has hit a snag though, at least temporarily, as the Raiders apparently have lost interest in signing the former Longhorns’ All-American. The decision was reportedly made after Oakland selected former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson with a fourth-round pick in last week’s NFL Draft, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Young, who turns 30 in mid-May, has spent this semester in Austin and is on track to graduate from Texas later this month. During Young's time in Austin, he has impressed Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite with his improved body control and timing. The two-time Rose Bowl MVP is looking to hone his mechanics in hopes of earning a shot with another team in training camp.
"That's my craft, that's all I do in the offseason," said Young following his Pro Day workout in Austin. "When it's time for me to get ready for the season, I'm so focused on the plays, the preparation, you don't want to be thinking about footwork when you get with the team."
While Young has compiled a 31-19 record in six seasons in the NFL, there are concerns surrounding his leadership skills and ability to comprehend complex offenses. Young has reportedly struggled to understand the offensive verbiage on the NFL level. It might explain why he only lasted a season with the Eagles (2011) and failed to remain on the Bills’ roster beyond training camp last August.
The Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, which own the rights to Tim Tebow, also own Young’s rights. Like Tebow, Young may be given a shot with the Alouettes, but only in a backup capacity behind starter Anthony Calvillo.
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