The Buffalo Bills plan to bring veteran free-agent quarterback Vince Young to One Bills Drive Wednesday for a workout, The News has learned through a league source.
The move comes on the heels of last weekend’s NFL Draft, during which the Bills bolstered their depth at just about every position on the team that needed it. Quarterback was not one of those spots, although Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said he would have liked to have taken a QB if the right opportunity arose. The Bills reached a deal with undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Aaron Corp of Richmond on Sunday. He's a developmental player.
Now the Bills are looking to create some significant competition for the backup quarterback job behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Young, who turns 29 in May, spent last season as a backup to Michael Vick in Philadelphia. He played in seven games and started three. The Eagles opted not to bring him back after his one-year contract ran out. Philadelphia signed ex-Bill Trent Edwards in February.
Young’s experience and great mobility could be attractive to Bills coach Chan Gailey. The Bills’ incumbent backup is Tyler Thigpen, who hardly played last year. He saw only mop-up duty in a loss at San Diego, completing 2 of 6 passes.
Fitzpatrick is entrenched as the Bills' starter. If Young signed with Buffalo, he would become the favorite to beat out Thigpen for the No. 2 spot, based on his talent and experience.
Young is 31-19 as an NFL starter. He played his first five seasons in Tennessee after being drafted third overall in the 2006 draft. Young led the University of Texas to the national championship in 2005. He lost his job in Tennessee to Kerry Collins during the 2010 season. Young wound up going 4-4 as a Titans starter that year. He was 1-2 for the Eagles last season.
Young has a career completion percentage of 57.9, and his career passer rating is 74.4. He has thrown 46 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions. He also has rushed for 1,459 yards in his career with 12 rushing touchdowns.