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Are the Redskins interested in QB Vince Young?

Rich Tandler’s Real Redskins blog scooped an interesting tidbit today, the news of which, as he said, “is enough to raise eyebrows:”

In writing about the Dolphins’ quarterback situation, Omar Kelly of turns the discussion to Vince Young, who presumably will be released by the Tennessee Titans soon after the lockout rules allow them to. Kelly dismisses the chances of the Dolphins landing Young by saying, “I’m hearing the Redskins are the front-runner for his services, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Dolphins get in the game.”

Now that the Titans have drafted former University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker, they’ll likely be turning their attention towards acquiring a veteran quarterback who can serve as the “bridge” player and “mentor” to Locker. This, of course, will also likely hasten Young’s departure from Tennessee.

The potential of seeing Young in a burgundy & gold uniform has obviously garnered a mixed reaction – and that’s putting it very nicely – amongst the Redskins faithful. There are big concerns about his ability to handle the adversity around playing quarterback and this league, and even bigger concerns about the idea that he’s been coddled (notably by Titans owner Bud Adams) since he’s arrived in the league.

But if the price tag is cheap, it could be an interesting proposition. He’s a player who’s won more games than he lost (in both college and the NFL), and set career highs in passing marks last year. By no means would the Redskins be staking their future to young, so it’d be a low-risk move with a high upside (something like what the Eagles did with Michael Vick). Head coach Mike Shanahan has proven that he’s not afraid of taking on more “challenging” players, if there’s a potential for a big pay off.

Of course, all of this is moot, given that the NFL lockout has been put back in place, but it’s an interesting development nonetheless.

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One Response to “Are the Redskins interested in QB Vince Young?”

  1. I’ve been saying since Young got pulled from that game last year…why not Haynesworth for Young? Titans love haynesworth, redskins have no place to play him, other than 3rd and 20 and prevent D. Titans can’t stand Young, Redskins already burned McNabb bridge and gave Campbell away, Young is only other proven big QB, big enough to take 50 sacks and still make plays with his legs and arm outside the pocket (pretty much a must since they will probably have the worst line in franchise history if Brown leaves and they don’t sign 2 or more starting caliber offensive linemen after the lockout ends).

    Grossman certainly hasn’t proven a guy who can take a hit or make a throw to the correct team with less than 5 seconds in the pocket. Beck is basically a 2nd round draft pick still waiting for a chance to succeed or fail in the league. The best available QBs by free agency or late draft pick trade are likely to be names like Harrington, Carr, Volek, Jackson, Pennington, Leinart, Culpepper, Stanton…or anyone want to see Ryan Colburn or Pat Devlin starting for the Skins in 2011? All of those guys could be a candidate to compete with Beck for the #2 job, but if they’re starting when a guy like Young could have been acquired….Andrew Luck sweepstakes entry?

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