Aug 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) runs with the ball during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at the Ralph Wilson Stadium. Redskins beat the Bills 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIRE
Vince Young has been released by the Buffalo Bills, possibly bringing his NFL career to an end.
Vince Young was expected to take the backup quarterback position for the Buffalo Bills when they signed him to a contract early in the offseason. It didn't happen, though, as Young battled inconsistency and an inability to fit into Chan Gailey's system. He was unable to usurp Tyler Thigpen for the second spot on the depth chart, and the Bills quickly brought in Tarvaris Jackson instead for their three-man QB competition.
As written by Burnt Orange Nation, the bandwagon is quickly starting to empty as Young, at age 29, has been cut from his third NFL team after an incredibly inconsistent preseason:
NFL.com writer Gregg Rosenthal called himself the last remaining member of that bandwagon, before acknowledging "that the ride is probably over." Rosenthal may not actually be the last aboard, as surely there are a few Texas homers who can't yet quite admit how imperiled the future is for the man who brought home the crystal football to Austin.
There's no telling if Young's career in the NFL is over now that he's been removed from the Bills so unceremoniously. He'll always have his national championship with the 'Horns, if nothing else materializes for him. That said, there are still some teams out there in the NFL that could use backup quarterbacks, and there's always the Canadian league if he still wants to show off his flair for entertainment.