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Vince comes to Titletown

by Mark Daniels

There's nothing official from the Green Bay Packers yet tonight, but multiple outlets are reporting General Manager Ted Thompson has signed VInce Young.  The Packers worked out the former number one pick of the Tennessee Titans this morning and according to reports, signed him to a one year contract, most likely worth the veteran's minimum of $840,000.   Young won't cost the team a thing unless he makes the final 53 man roster.   His signing is an indication the team isn't enamored with either Graham Harrell or B.J. Coleman as the backup to Aaron Rodgers heading in to the season.  Coleman in particular, struggled this past week in practice, including a two interception outing in the Family Night scrimmage at Lambeau Field.   I've also read some speculation that because the Pack opens the season with Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffen III, Young's arrival would give the defense a look at an agile runner at the position.  I'm more inclined to follow the first line of thinking.

After leading Texas to the National Championship over USC, Young was drafted third overall by the Tennessee Titans in 2006.  He was named the Offensive Rookie of the Year in the AFC, twice reached the Pro Bowl and while he exhibited some eye popping highlights, inconsistency and off-field issues ended his run in Nashville after five seasons.   Young went 30-17 as a starter.   In 2011, he was a backup with the Philadelphia Eagles which ran a West Coast offense under Andy Reid at the time.  He was with the Buffalo BIlls in training camp last summer but was cut just before the regular season began.   Young has been waiting for the phone to ring ever since.  His career numbers are rather pedestrian, 755 completions in 1304 attempts, 57.9 percent, for 8964 yards, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions.

The Packers cancelled what was originally scheduled to be a team building exercise on Monday.  They'll return to the practice field Tuesday morning at 8:20 AM and it'll be the first chance to speak with Young and hear from Mike McCarthy not only about his new quarterback, but the apparent season ending knee injury to starting left tackle Bryan Bulaga that was covered on a previous post.