Veteran free-agent quarterback Vince Young is scheduled to work out with the Buffalo Bills today.
The move comes on the heels of last weekend's NFL Draft, during which the Bills bolstered their depth at every position that needed it except quarterback. Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said he would have liked to have taken a QB if the right opportunity arose. The Bills reached a deal with undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Aaron Corp of Richmond on Sunday. He's a developmental player.
Now the Bills are looking to add to their security level behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Young, who turns 29 in May, spent last season as a backup to Michael Vick in Philadelphia. He played in seven games and started three. The Eagles opted not to bring him back after his one-year contract ran out. Philadelphia signed ex-Bill Trent Edwards in February.
Young's experience and great mobility could be attractive to Bills coach Chan Gailey. The Bills' incumbent backup is Tyler Thigpen, who hardly played last year. He saw only mop-up duty in a loss at San Diego, completing 2-of-6 passes.
Fitzpatrick is entrenched as the Bills' starter. If Young signed with Buffalo, he would become the favorite to beat out Thigpen for the No. 2 spot, based on his talent and experience. Young is 31-19 as an NFL starter.
He played his first five seasons in Tennessee after being picked third overall in the 2006 draft. A 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, Young led the University of Texas to the national championship in 2005. He lost his job in Tennessee to Kerry Collins during the 2010 season. Young was 1-2 for the Eagles last season.
Young has a career completion percentage of 57.9, and his career passer rating is 74.4. He has thrown 46 touchdown passes and 51 interceptions. He also has rushed for 1,459 yards in his career with 12 rushing touchdowns.
In 2011, Young had four TD passes and nine interceptions. He started in place of an injured Vick in Philadelphia's 10th game, at the New York Giants, and directed a 17-10 win over the eventual Super Bowl champions. The next two weeks he was at the helm for losses to New England and Seattle in which he threw two TD passes and five interceptions.