Buffalo's headline grabbing offseason continues. In wake of the free agent signing of Mario Williams, the re-signing of Stevie Johnson and contract extension for Fred Jackson, the Bills have agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Vince Young.
"We think adding Vince to our roster will create more competition for the backup quarterback position," said Bills General Manager Buddy Nix. "He brings with him some unique physical abilities that most are aware of and that will make the competition interesting. It's all about improving our team."
Two weeks ago the Bills expressed interest in the free agent signal caller, who was not re-signed by Philadelphia. A workout took place at One Bills Drive on May 2. Now a little more than a week after the workout, Young is a Buffalo Bill.
"Thanks to Buddy Nix and Coach Gailey for giving me the opportunity to come in and play and compete," said Young in a statement. "I am looking forward to playing with the guys and helping where I am needed." I have always respected the Bills organization and am looking forward to being a part of the team."
The former number three overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Young is being viewed strictly as a potential backup quarterback option for the Bills, which was also communicated to him by Buffalo's front office.
He'll compete directly with veterans Tyler Thigpen and Brad Smith, who both signed with the club as free agents last offseason. Buffalo also has undrafted rookie Aaron Corp on the current roster.
A two-time AFC Pro Bowl selection, Young turns 29 in a week (May 18th). He is 31-19 in his career as a starting quarterback with a career passer rating of 74.4, 46 touchdowns and 51 interceptions. Young (6'5" 232) also has 12 rushing touchdowns in his six NFL seasons.
Last season with the Philadelphia Eagles Young appeared in six games making three starts. He completed just under 58 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and nine interceptions with a passer rating of 60.8.
A former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Young also helped lead Texas to a national title with a win over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
The addition of Young will bring the team's offseason roster total to 89, just one shy of the maximum of 90.