The Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam announced Monday that they have released veteran QB Vince Young. Young was signed after participating in the team’s mini-camp at the end of April. The Browns signed Young, QB Tyler Thigpen and LB Zac Diles.
Young’s stint with the Browns lasted less than two weeks, but certainly doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that they traded up for Johnny Manziel and even added South Carolina QB Connor Shaw as an undrafted free agent over the weekend.
Cleveland also has returning starter Brian Hoyer and veteran Tyler Thigpen on their roster, so there should be an interesting competition during training camp.
Young, 30, had reportedly been working out in San Diego since January. Young was with the Packers for part of the preseason, but was cut loose before the start of the regular season and wound up sitting out the entire year.
Young hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season NFL game since 2011. The 30-year-old has a 31-19 career record. Young spent five seasons with Tennessee. He started three games for the Eagles in 2011. He spent part of the past two preseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay.
Although not exactly akin to Johnny Unitas, the two-time Pro Bowler remains a somewhat fascinating talent in this particular era of football. Relying on a sidearm throwing motion, Young tossed 46 touchdowns, against 51 picks, for 8,964 yards over 60 games as a professional. Young also managed to scramble for 1,459 yards and 12 scores on the ground.
With Cleveland releasing him, Young’s NFL career is likely done.