Congrats to my big bro @VinceYoung
— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) August 5, 2013
So what’s all of the congratulations for? Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young has just signed a one-year deal with the Green Bay Packers after a relatively successful workout.
It isn’t likely that Young will be taking the starting job from Aaron Rodgers any time soon, but it’s worth recognizing that the Packers are seemingly serious in getting some much-needed backup.
Young was allegedly brought in to help out the offense with his legs—something he’s been known for his entire career. When the Packers face the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins early this season, they’ll have peace of mind knowing they have someone who can go up against the likes of Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick.
It has been a long time coming. He has been working hard, trying to get back in the league and I am glad he finally did, and he stuck to his dream. I think he can stick. Vince is a very talented guy. Once you get him on the field he does nothing but make plays, ever since college or since he has been in the league.
– Chris Johnson, via The Tennessean
At 30, Young is starting to feel the clock ticking on his career. When he was with the Titans, he became renowned for his temper, immaturity and lack of control both on and off the field. For this reason, the Packers might get more than they bargained for with Young, who’s already causing a media circus in Green Bay. Even if he never makes it onto the field to start a game, it could become difficult to justify the signing depending on how Young handles himself.
Johnson and other Titans can continue to congratulate Young all they want, whether it be in person or over Twitter. However, you could easily argue that Johnson has his own demons to face, promising another 2,000-yard season.