Is Vince Young a backup option for Seattle Seahawks?

By Gil Alcaraz IV
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While the reported interest might not be as legitimate as many have been led to believe, there’s a possibility that the Seattle Seahawks could trade backup quarterback Matt Flynn this offseason. If that happens, they’d be left with only one quarterback under contract heading into the 2013 campaign.

If Flynn were to be shipped out of town, the Seahawks would be forced to find a veteran backup who could come in and provide a reliable option behind starter Russell Wilson. One player who has suddenly put himself on the radar is Vince Young.

Young, who spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and Buffalo Bills, was out of the league in 2012 after falling victim to roster cuts with the Bills. While he’s widely considered a bust, a strong showing at University of Texas’ Pro Day has some NFL personnel believing that a comeback could be in order.

The connection between the two parties to keep in mind: Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll knows of the type of playmaker Young can be when his heart is in it.

When Carroll was still the head coach for USC, Young put on one of the best performances in college football history, handing the Trojans a heartbreaking defeat in the 2005 Rose Bowl. Young’s sensational performance led to the Titans taking him third overall in the 2006 NFL Draft. His professional career, however, didn’t play out as expected.

Time and time again, Young seemed to be on a different page than the rest of his teammates. We wasn’t focused on preparation or getting better, instead turning his attention to the social status that accompanied being a starting NFL quarterback. With his financial situation in ruins, though, it appears that Young is now ready to put football first.

Young is a big, athletic quarterback who has the scrambling capabilities to fill in nicely for Wilson if the youngster should fall to injury. His big arm and ability to pick up yards with his feet make him a dangerous passer, but the real question is whether or not he’s truly dedicated to getting back to the NFL or just looking for his next paycheck.

If a Flynn trade does go down, Young could be one of the best short-term options to fill that No. 2 spot. It’ll be up to Carroll and Seattle GM John Schneider to figure out where his heart lies, though.

Gil Alcaraz IV is a Content Planner/NFL Featured Columnist for Follow him on Twitter @GilAlcarazIV, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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