Vince Young is the newest member of the Buffalo Bills.
A tweet from Mario Williams congratulating Young on signing with the Bills initially broke the news.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen confirmed the deal soon thereafter.
According to Mortensen, Young inked a one-year, $2 million deal, with another million in playtime bonuses.
Young went 1-2 as the emergency starter for the Philadelphia Eagles last season, completing 58% of his passes with four touchdowns and nine interceptions.
This is the latest move by a Buffalo team that’s been extremely active this offseason. They shocked the NFL by signing Mario Williams to a $100 million deal in March and added former New England Patriots Mark Anderson during the free-agency period as well.
Ryan Fitzpatrick is the team’s cemented starter, even after a relatively disappointing 2011 season that saw him throw a league-high 23 interceptions.
Although the Bills addressed their biggest needs in free agency and the draft, they were still without a competent back up signal-caller.
Fitzpatrick didn’t miss a game last season, but he isn’t afraid to scramble out of the pocket and did suffer a somewhat mysterious rib injury last year that marked the start of his poor play.
Young’s a perfect fit in the quick-strike, spread offense Chan Gailey has installed in Buffalo. The Texas Longhorns legend excels when he doesn’t need to frequently push the ball down the field and can rely on short tosses and yards after the catch to move the football.
Because of his past inconsistency, he doesn’t have much leverage to compete for starting job at this point, another reason why he’s a logical choice for the Bills—the last thing they need is a quarterback controversy.
However, if Fitzpatrick does suffer any injury in 2012, Young gives the team a much better chance to win a game than incumbent back up Tyler Thigpen. The 28-year-old is an unproved signal caller that hasn’t started a game since 2010.
This is a nice, low-risk move by the Bills, a team that needed more stability behind Fitzpatrick.
I love it.