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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

VINCE YOUNG TO BE A ROUGHRIDER

It seems Vince Young will make his football comeback in Canada.

Young's agent, Leigh Steinberg, tweeted Wednesday he was en route to Regina to finalize a deal between his client and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. A source said Young was also making the trip and the Riders were planning to unveil him at a news conference sometime Thursday.

The six-foot-five, 232-pound Young is on Saskatchewan's negotiation list, giving it CFL exclusivity to the former University of Texas star.

The development isn't overly surprising. On Monday, Steinberg told The Canadian Press he expected his client to decide his football future either later this week or early next.

Steinberg created a stir on Twitter last month by saying he was talking to the Riders about the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback playing in Canada this season. On Wednesday, Steinberg tweeted that Young would decide his football future by the end of this week.

Saskatchewan has been looking for a starter since trading veteran Darian Durant's rights to the Montreal Alouettes in January. The Riders signed Kevin Glenn, 37, for his third stint with the CFL club and also have Canadian Brandon Bridge and Americans G.J. Kinne, Jake Waters and Bryan Bennett on the roster.

Young turns 34 in May and hasn't been on an NFL roster since the 2014 off-season when he was with Cleveland Browns for two weeks. He hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game since 2011 when he was with Philadelphia.

Young enjoyed a banner career at Texas, leading the Longhorns to an NCAA championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl. He was drafted third overall by Tennessee that year and went on to become the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and earn a Pro Bowl selection.

He went to the Pro Bowl again following the 2009 season. Last month, Young pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 18 months of probation for a 2016 drunk-driving arrest in Austin, Texas.

Young, a native of Houston, currently works for Texas promoting diversity and community engagement.

News of Young's arrival in Saskatchewan prompted Calgary quarterback Bo Levi, a fellow Texan to tweet: ``Looking forward to battling this guy. Big name coming to the @CFL . @leighsteinberg 2 Texas boys about to battle it out.''

But Glenn, an 18-year CFL veteran, responded on Twitter with: ``@BoLeviMitchell @CFL @leighsteinberg you giving him the job already lol.''

Derek Dennis, the CFL's top lineman last year with Calgary who signed with Saskatchewan this off-season as a free agent, tweeted ``All I gotta say is don't worry about getting touched in that pocket!''

Young spent eight seasons in the NFL, completing 755-of-1,304 passes (57.9 per cent) for 8,964 yards with 46 TDs and 51 interceptions in 60 career games. He also ran 282 times for 1,459 yards (5.2-yard average) with 12 TDs but also lost 12-of-40 career fumbles.

Earlier this week, Steinberg said Young had spoken to Chris Jones, the Riders head coach/GM. Steinberg added Young was not only impressed with Jones but also the Riders' rabid fans and the prospect of playing at the new Mosaic Stadium.

Steinberg added Young was very serious about his comeback and had become fully entrenched in off-season workouts. Steinberg also felt Young's mobility would make for an easier adjustment to Canadian football.

This won't mark the first time a client of Steinberg's has ventured north.

He represented quarterback Warren Moon, running back Jim Germany and receivers Tommy Scott and Waddell Smith when they were helping the Edmonton Eskimos win Grey Cups from 1978-82. And in 2006, former NFL rushing leader Ricky Williams played for the Toronto Argonauts after being suspended by the NFL following a fourth positive drug test.

(CP)

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

This could be a very good signing he has all the tools to be a great cfl qb. I'm looking forward to the season to start. All the money saved on not resigning Durant is going to good use.

Anonymous said...

Jeez we just traded an outstanding older QB for an older unproven QB that hasn't played for 6 years. Whaaat!!

Dick Rubnutz said...

This is outstanding...love it

GPB said...

Cue up the circus music and pass the popcorn.

Anonymous said...

We now have a great qb that will work nicely with Glenn..will young be starter?

Anonymous said...

Well, this should be an interesting training camp. Hell, this should be an interesting comments section!

Anonymous said...

Another story broken by the great Gary Lawless..Pedersen don't you have any good sources..Tired of getting my Rider news outta Winnipeg.

Anonymous said...

Is this the young quarterback Jones is going to develop?

The Professor said...

As a very wise woman once said 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'.

Anonymous said...

to Anon 1 he would have been a great fit 10 years ago

Anonymous said...

A good follow-up for this would be to bring Henry Burris in as a guest coach at training camp to mentor a much younger QB like Vince Young.

Anonymous said...

So that's what Jones meant when he said he was going to bring in a young QB.
He was talking about a surname not an age.
Stupid me.

BLaz said...

Not quite. The Riders released Durant rather than pay about 400k a year. If young makes the team, it is said he would get between 100k and 200k.

Anonymous said...

Rod , Thankyou for keeping us informed . As long as I can check in to your blog and get the information I really don't care who has the first scoop. I would be inclined to check your blog for anything Sask related before anyone else's. Sure getting excited about the Riders season and hopefully no more controversies. The better teams focus on putting the best team on the field without all the unnecessary distractions. Last year just simply seemed like a train wreck and was so disheartening to watch. Seemed anything that could go wrong did go wrong. If we are going to bring back the pride in our team it starts with the professionals we have in charge. It feels like there are a lot of really great reasons to be optimistic this upcoming season. Looking forward to your training camp news and of course your broadcasts of the games.

Rod Pedersen said...

Thank you!

Slam said...

A 34 year old QB that hasn't played in 6 seasons...oh yah, this will go well.

Anonymous said...

`like the Riders always do no matter the regime; living in the past.

Anonymous said...

training camp "fodder"!

Anonymous said...

The current CFL rules for receivers being untouched beyond 5 yards has made the CFL a more realistic opportunity for QB's raised on the American game. Just need to get on top of the snap counts and waggle and with a good arm, away you go. I am looking forward to buying a #4 Vince Young jersey this year. If he can have a rookie year like BC's Johnny "Football" Jennings, than good things ahead for the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Now Jones needs to go after J'Michael Dean for the oline.

Anonymous said...

Texas raised QB who played his best ball in Nashville...welcome to the Great White North! Hope he can handle football in Regina in October (and hopefully) November.

Anonymous said...

You have to wonder if Vince cashes his signing bonus and bolts back to Texas.

Anonymous said...

So ideally we get Glenn & Young for the same $ as Durant lol

Anonymous said...

How much longer is Jones' contract?

Anonymous said...

I'm just waiting for someone in the media to ask Young about playing in a fishbowl.

Because playing at Texas must be small time....

gk said...

I sure hope the Rider's have a good psychiatrist.

Pat Strain said...

"Young turns 34 in May and hasn't been on an NFL roster since the 2014 off-season when he was with Cleveland Browns for two weeks. He hasn't played in a regular-season NFL game since 2011 when he was with Philadelphia."

I'm not sure any of of us should run out and buy Vince Young Rider jerseys just yet .

Anonymous said...

Well everyone who gets cut by worst team in nfl just wait 3 years and sign on with the Rex Ryan of the cfl. Now Riders can sell some jerseys the line starts here .

Anonymous said...

This had got to be the most interesting off season in Rider history. Here's to hoping the best for Vince Young's tryout. I guess I am interested in looking under stones for qb's after all.
Bart in regina

Ron Taylor said...

Like I've said more than a few times... he is perceived as a big baby who couldn't hit his receivers. This coming from friends who live in Nashville. End of story.

John Knight said...

Wow, do you think that maybe,just maybe he should be given a chance before you say he's no good and too old.

Anonymous said...

You will have a 38 and 34 year old qb by the season start...so your third string is a younger fellow but will get no time pretty much, really happy that Jones and company love the part of developing a young qb into a possible franchise guy, guess he doesn't believe in it or does he have any idea of how to do it.

Anonymous said...

So he decided to grace us with his greatness similar to lebron james "taking his talents to South Beach "

Anonymous said...

Wait for the big news tomorrow. Tony Romo released by the cowboys and his agent is looking at the Riders . Ooops got ahead of myself as it wont be released till tomorrow

Anonymous said...

Year 2027 contract expiery. What you want to know for nosey?

Anonymous said...

I agree with John. Give this guy a chance. He's either going to be a total bust or the greatest thing that ever happened to the franchise. And really nowhere in between

Anonymous said...

For sports talk shows in Canada and sports pundits in general, Chris Jones is the gift that keeps on giving! Much needed in the slow weeks of March.

Anonymous said...

People need to relax and let this play out. He may not even make the team he may excell or any number of other things may take place. Chill out y'all.

Anonymous said...

Bunch of babies. Give this guy a shot. How sick would it be to have this guy come
In and tear it up. Irritated by the bitching and complaining.

Anonymous said...

I love this signing. Interesting reading all the the "football know it alls" in this comment section. Vince is going to do very, very well and I for one am more interested in the start of this season than any in recent memory.

G

Dex said...

Just saw his picture when he arrived at the airport. No way that man is 232 lbs.

Anonymous said...

If this is so obviously cut and dried, in your opinion why has team management made this signing decision?

Anonymous said...

Sadly I believe Young's arm is not all that good. This wide field and the waggle is going to be very different for a 34 year old QB. If Young was 24 he would have a much better chance catching on to the CFL game. I'm in the belief this is no more than an attention new grabber but the end result will be Young departing by mutual agreement before the season starts.
I have no doubt Glen will be the starter. The Oline that's coming together nicely will give Glen the time he needs to get the ball down field. Now if we only had a running back like Calgarys Jerome Messam. Oh, wait... we did have him. We just didn't want to pay for a league leading Canadian All Star RB. Instead Chamblin and Taman over paid other players.

Anonymous said...

I'm no media expert, however as Mr. Pedersen is the play-by-play person, and "the voice of your Saskatchewan Roughrider", he might be bound to team regulations not to announce rumours. He may respond to them, but not initiate any speculation as it may appear as a conflict of interest and breach of trust to publicize any inside information he is privy to in that official capacity. However, as I stated, I'm no expert on the inner workings of associated sports team media.

3RD and 1 said...

Ahahahaha. Tony Romo.... good one!