Cleveland Browns Confirm They’re Trying Out Vince Young at Quarterback
By Eric Edholm
The Cleveland Browns are exhausting all their quarterback options and it has been fascinating to watch that process unfold.
Having released Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, and with Brian Hoyer coming off a torn ACL, the Browns need quarterbacks. Plural.
They apparently are looking under every rock, including trying to see if Vince Young has anything left in the tank. Young and NFL journeyman Tyler Thigpen are among the players the Browns are bringing in for tryouts at their upcoming minicamps.
Browns general manager Ray Farmer confirmed the news, relayed here by the Akron Beacon Journal.
The Browns very well might draft a quarterback, and they have the ammo — three of the top 35 picks in the draft, including two first-rounders (Nos. 4 and 26 overall) — with which to do so.
But they also appear intrigued with Young, who — this even surprised us — turns 31 in a few weeks.
Young has been brought in as a camp competitor, most recently with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers when those teams were short on quarterbacks. But he has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game since Week 13 of the 2011 season with the Philadelphia Eagles — Young threw four picks that day in a 31-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Could Young keep his career alive? If there’s a place to do it, it might as well be QB-starved Cleveland.
But Farmer wasn’t done talking about the quarterback possibilities at his his pre-draft presser. Asked about Johnny Manziel, one of the quarterbacks the Browns have done a lot of homework on (especially with a workout and a meeting recently), Farmer seemed comfortable with who Manziel is as a person and as a player.
Will the Browns sign Young? Will they draft Manziel? We should have the answers soon. But for us, the idea of both on the same roster makes our brains bend a little. But then again, it would be quite the talking-point QB direction for a team that has been mostly rudderless at the position for 20 years.