Signing Vince Young never made much sense. He’s 34, was released by five NFL teams and hasn’t played since 2011.
To think he could stroll into Saskatchewan Roughriders training camp and immediately control a CFL offence, that’s ludicrous. He wasn’t going to become the next Doug Flutie, so the Riders cut Young and wisely went with younger quarterbacks, Brandon Bridge and Marquise Williams, to back up veteran Kevin Glenn.
In Canadian and American sports media, there were huge amounts of hype following Young’s signing. He earned that recognition from his college days at Texas and his early NFL career with the Tennessee Titans.
But Young suffered a torn hamstring during training camp. That injury takes 4-6 weeks to heal. With his injury, there was a gracious exit available for everyone involved. The Roughriders and Young took it, without anyone having to admit it was a mistake.