While the Green Bay Packers are obviously set with starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, there are some question marks further down the depth chart. Would veteran free agent Vince Young be a logical answer? You might not think so, but the Packers are definitely interested.
According to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Young will work out for the Packers on Monday.
Young, a former first-round pick and two-time Pro Bowler, spent the 2012 season out of the NFL after getting cut by the Buffalo Bills in late August. Prior to his stint with the Bills, Young played with the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles before he fell out of favor.
If signed by the Packers, Young would likely compete with youngsters Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman for the backup quarterback job. Harrell is heading into a make-or-break season in Green Bay while Coleman is still a work in progress after the Packers made him a seventh-round pick in 2012. Both project passers have combined for four career NFL attempts, so neither seems like an ideal candidate to be Rodgers’ immediate backup.
The added bonus of having the Young on the roster would be his ability to serve as the read-option quarterback on the scout team. With games against Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III to start the 2013 campaign, the Packers defense will need all the work it can get against an athletic quarterback.
It’s still to be seen what Young can do on Monday, but he seems like a solid option for the Packers. If Mike McCarthy and Co. can keep him in line, Young could make a return to the quality quarterback who once helped the Titans become relevant.
If he puts together a promising performance, Young should sign with the Packers on Monday. Stay tuned.