Eagles finalize deal with quarterback Vince Young

Eagles finalize deal with quarterback Vince Young
July 30, 2011, 1:30 am
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The Eagles finalized a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young late Friday evening.

Young, the third pick in the 2006 draft, was officially released by the Titans on Thursday and became an unrestricted free agent earlier Friday. The Titans announced in January that they planned to cut ties with Young.

The Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Cards earlier Thursday, opening up a spot for an experienced backup quarterback.

Young will back up Michael Vick, with second-year pro Mike Kafka remaining the third-stringer.

Young, 28, had a 30-17 record in 47 starts with the Titans. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2006, when he went 8-5, and again in 2009, when he was 8-2.

Despite his lofty won-loss record, Youngs career numbers are mediocre 42 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a 75.5 passer rating, which is fourth-worst of the 30 NFL quarterbacks whove thrown at least 1,000 passes since 2006 (ahead of only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kerry Collins and Derek Anderson). His 57.9 completion percentage during the same period is also fourth-worst (ahead of Alex Smith, Collins and Anderson).

Statistically, Youngs best passing year was last year, when he threw 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions and had a 98.6 passer rating fifth-best in the NFL among quarterbacks who threw at least 150 passes.

Young enjoyed some great success during his years in Nashville, but also had some very tough times.

He said he considered retiring after his rookie year. He got hurt his second year. He was benched for Kerry Collins his third year. And then after a game against the Redskins last year, he threw his shoulder pads into the crowd after getting booed and got into a shouting match with head coach Jeff Fisher, an incident that led the Titans to announce that they would cut ties with him after the season.

Earlier Friday, when word filtered through the team that a Young acquisition was likely, Vick spoke out strongly in favor of the move.

Youve got to go out and get the best player, no matter what anybody is saying about them, Vick said. Youve got to give yourself the best chance of winning. So go out and get the best players and give them a chance to compete each and every Sunday.

Vick said head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped him become a much more effective quarterback than he was in Atlanta, could have the same influence on Young.

Its going to be a positive effect, Vick said. I think Vince will mature as a player, and I think hell get better. (Being in Philadelphia) will help him long-term. So get him in here and make him a better player, and if we ever need him, hes there for us. If you have a roster full of good quarterbacks, then you have a great chance of winning.

E-mail Reuben Frank at rfrank@comcastsportsnet.com.