By Matt Johnson

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Vince Young is being given another chance and this time it comes with the Green Bay Packers who have been looking for a backup quarterback since Matt Flynn left last season.

Young hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011 when he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles and labeled the team with the famous “Dream Team” nickname. Obviously the dreams crashed and burned as he appeared in six games throwing just four touchdowns to nine interceptions and Philadelphia failed to make the playoffs.

He got another chance with the Buffalo Bills in training camp but the team ultimately decided to keep Tarvaris Jackson and cut ties with Vince Young. For much of the offseason many wondered if Vince Young’s days in the NFL were extinct as few teams reached out to him for workouts and tales of his financial woes became story lines.

Graham Harrell and BJ Coleman have battled it out during camp for the backup quarterback job, but it was clear management lacked confidence in either player to back up Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay invited Vince Young to a workout on Monday morning where he clearly left a strong impression on coaches.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported the signing and added that Young will report for a quarterback meeting tonight.

The Packers defense was horrendous last season stopping mobile quarterbacks and was exposed in the playoffs by Colin Kaepernick who set a playoff record with 181 rushing yards by a quarterback. Green Bay is set to face Kaepernick to open the regular season followed by Robert Griffin III the following week.

Young always has displayed nice mobility and while he will fight for the No.2 quarterback job he also will help the Packers prepare in practice against the read-option. If he can stay healthy and performs well enough in the pre season, he should have no problem beating out Harrell and Coleman.

This is a 1-year contract and will likely not include any guaranteed money, making it a no risk/medium reward situation for the Packers. Vince Young is being given a second chance and likely his last chance to stay in the NFL.

While the offensive scheme may not be a great fit everything else really makes this the perfect place for Vince Young to sign. He comes to a city where he will receive plenty of fan support while not having to deal with excessive media coverage. He also can work with Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements to improve his own game and maybe serve a small role in this offense.

If everything works out for both sides, Young will back up Aaron Rodgers and be on a playoff roster while the Packers solve their backup situation and have someone to help their defense prepare in practice.

 

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