Not willing to wait a minute longer the Green Bay Packers moved quickly to shore up a shaky backup quarterback position. According to a league source the Packers signed free agent quarterback Vince Young to a one-year deal believed to be worth the league minimum. The signing came shortly after Young worked out in front of members of the personnel department. The Packers were on the phone with Young's agent Jerry Marlatt shortly after No. 3 quarterback B.J. Coleman threw two interceptions in the team's intrasquad scrimmage Saturday night at Lambeau Field. Coleman has had a bad first week of training camp and the Packers decided to cover their bases right away. The Packers chose Young 30 over other free agent quarterbacks such as Tyler Thigpen Matt Leinart Byron Leftwich John Beck and Jordan Palmer. They knew they couldn't wait much longer on Young because he is athletically superior to the others and has started 47 games in the NFL. He was probably first or second on most team's emergency lists. Young will make a base salary of $840000 if he makes the team but this late into the year and with no other teams interested at this point it's almost a certainty he did not receive a signing bonus or guaranteed money. So it is costing the Packers nothing to look at him. Young is coming in with the presumption that will have a shot at the No. 2 spot and that he is not just a body to help the defense prepare for San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and the read-option offense. The Packers have pursued him as someone who could possibly make the roster and back up Aaron Rodgers. Whether Young plays in the preseason opener Friday against Arizona will depend on how quickly he absorbs the offense. He played in a West Coast-style offense under Andy Reid in Philadelphia but the majority of his experience is in a different type of scheme. After seven practices and an intrasquad scrimmage the Packers decided they needed a veteran to compete behind Rodgers. They know what they have in Graham Harrell the backup last year but they were expecting more out of Coleman and Young's signing is a clear signal to both men that they are not satisfied. In the scrimmage Coleman completed 9 of 18 passes for 100 yards and the two interceptions one of which was returned for a touchdown by cornerback James Nixon who stepped in front of a poorly timed telegraphed throw. The other came on a fade to cornerback Jeremy Ross in the corner of the end zone. The ball was underthrown and cornerback Brandon Smith leaped high and pulled it in.
Packers sign Vince Young for needed backup at quarterback
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Aug 6