Itching for another chance on an NFL squad, former Tennessee Titan Vince Young may have found a club willing to give him that chance.
According to NFL Network, via Pro Football Talk, the Oakland Raiders have engaged the No. 3 overall draft pick of the 2006 NFL Draft in “preliminary” talks.
What capacity or role Young could play on a Raiders club that already has quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Terrelle Pryor on the roster remains to be seen.
Palmer was tenth in the NFL with 4,018 passing yards last season, but Oakland’s 28th ranked running game, mired with injuries and a poor offensive line, couldn’t help him. Palmer was sacked only 27 times, the fifth lowest in the league, but Young’s abilities outside of the pocket make him less of a target for pass rushers.
Pryor was the Raiders pick in 2011 Supplemental Draft, and has appeared in three games, completing 14-of-30 pass attempts with two touchdowns and one interception. With such little time on the field, the 23-year-old may not be ready to be Palmer's full-time backup.
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Young was cut by the Buffalo Bills during the 2012 preseason, and didn’t catch on with another team for the rest of the year. Soon afterward, reports came out saying the 29-year-old Young was broke, but he also denied those accusations.
Young signed a six-year, $58 million contract with Tennessee, with $26 million guaranteed.
Prior to Buffalo, Young spent one season as Michael Vick’s back-up in Philadelphia, making three starts and appearing in six games total for 866 passing yards, four touchdowns and nine interceptions.
His best years came with the Titans, who he took to the postseason in 2007. Young made two Pro Bowls with Tennessee, and was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2006.
In six seasons, Young has a 31-19 record with 8,964 passing yards, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions.