The Buffalo Bills have taken out a high-profile insurance policy on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Bills have agreed to terms on a contract with Vince Young, the team announced. ESPN reported the deal is for one year and is worth $2 million with another $1 million in incentives.
The move gives the Bills added security behind Fitzpatrick. Young will be the favorite to win the No. 2 job in a competition with incumbent Tyler Thigpen, who spent last season as Fitzpatrick’s backup.
“We think adding Vince to our roster will create more competition for the backup quarterback position,” said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix. He brings with him some unique physical abilities that most are aware of and that will make the competition interesting. It’s all about improving our team.”
"Thanks to Buddy Nix and Coach (Chan) Gailey for giving me the opportunity to come in and play and compete," said Young in a statement released by the team. "I am looking forward to playing with the guys and helping where I am needed. I have always respected the Bills organization and am looking forward to being a part of the team."
Young became a free agent in Febraury when Philadelphia decided not to pick up the option on his contract after he spent one season backing up Michael Vick. Young, who turns 29 this month, was 1-2 in relief of Vick last season and threw four touchdown passes with nine interceptions. The Eagles signed ex-Bill Trent Edwards to be Vick’s backup for the coming season.
Young, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, spent his first five seasons in Tennessee and made two Pro Bowls (in 2006 and 2009). But he lost his job to Kerry Collins in 2010 and fell out of favor with then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher. He was released after the season. Young has a career record as a starter of 31-19. His career completion percentage is 57.9, and he has 46 TD passes and 51 interceptions.
Thigpen, 28, saw almost no action last season, only entering in mop-up duty in a loss at San Diego. Thigpen is a former seventh-round draft choice who has played five seasons and has 12 career starts. He went 1-10 with a Kansas City team that finished 2-14 in 2008. He has just one start since, for Miami in 2010.