Vince Young contract doesn’t include signing bonus

Vince Young’s contract with the Saskatchewan Roughriders could see him make up to $200,000 a season – but does not include a signing bonus.

The 33-year-old quarterback signed a standard one-year deal plus a team-held option with $120,000 base salary both years, $15,000 in housing and another possible $71,000 in playtime bonuses and incentives, including $9,000 ($500 per game) for being the second QB on the depth chart. He did not receive any up front money meaning the Riders could release him in training camp without paying a dime.

The six-foot-five, 232-pound Young was 30-2 at Texas and in 2005 led the school to an NCAA title. He went in the first round, third overall, of the 2006 NFL draft to the Tennessee Titans and was the league’s top rookie and a Pro Bowl selection that season.

Young, a 2005 Heisman Trophy finalist, started 50-of-60 career NFL games and in 2009 was its comeback player and earned his second Pro Bowl nomination. But the Houston native has been out of football since 2014 when he retired after being released by the Cleveland Browns.

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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35 Comments on Vince Young contract doesn’t include signing bonus

  1. stampland // March 10, 2017 at 2:17 pm //

    so when does we get the housing allowance?
    Find it hard to believe there wasn’t some sort of incentive otherwise why risk your steak houses/real estate business? This guy has never done anything without getting something guaranteed and wouldn’t start now .
    Looking at him maybe he was given MacDonalds gift certificates

    • NumeroTreize // March 10, 2017 at 2:35 pm //

      More astute observations from Stamplandfill….keep the negativity in Cowtown. You’ve done nothing but trash everything Riders. Jealousy is flattery I suppose.

      • stampland // March 10, 2017 at 2:42 pm //

        Just my opinion.Take it for what you want,As said to Rob ,if I’m proven wrong I’ll gladly take my lumps on here.
        The riders only talk about monetary compensation.Who knows what else the organization could have given him. Maybe tomorrow you’ll see young driving around town in a brand new custom green Escalade

      • Christopher // March 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm //

        The man shares an opinion and you have to stoop down and start calling names.. typical rider fan when thing do not go your way you lash out emotionally.

        Stampland’s observations are bang on… Young needs to lose 30 pounds or he cannot even run for his life when the oline break down.

        I am not buying the fact there was no signing bonus.. I doubt that very much… maybe not officially, but with the riders history of cheating and breaking rules.. it would not surprise me if it was paid in cash so it does not register against the CAP.

    • Missed one. Vince Young mentioned yesterday about launching his truck business in the next few days.

    • Hey Stampland. Why don’t you go to McDonald’s and fill your big mouth? It’s obscene the amount of rubbish you spew out on a daily basis. My wish is that one of the players that you’ve personally slandered gets a hold of you. I appreciate that everyone has an opinion but nobody is as negative as you and I wish it would stop. Like really! Get a life. Your out of control. If you didn’t already read it Get a Life.

    • Dan Bombers // March 10, 2017 at 9:43 pm //

      Hahahahaha McDonald’s coupons that’s good stuff right there

  2. So they are paying him roughly 160k to be KG’s backup.

  3. Chris Jones being on the level? What a novel concept. Look, I don’t think Stampland is the only 1 who is skeptical about this. You have to wonder when Young just started up a new real estate venture that he’s coming to Regina for chump change. Now apparently there are performance incentives. I happen to follow the Riders but this doesn’t quite pass the smell test for me either.

  4. Another washed up nfler coming here to look stupid . No way he is beating out Glenn for the starting role

    • Robertson Glassford // March 10, 2017 at 5:13 pm //

      And it’s amazing what a feel-good press conference can do. A few of the local media who were skeptical seem kinda wishy-washy now (“he brought his family …. he was a bad-boy and now he’s got his life in order …. he really wants to play”)

      We could find a dozen 32-year old Canadian ex-QB’s, bring them and their families to Regina, and have a similar feel-good press conference.

      Of course Young will say the right things. And I’m glad he’s got his life in order. But that still doesn’t mean that Jones has handled his roster very well. The simple truth is that we were better off with Darian, even if it meant over-paying him $50,000 a year.

  5. stampland // March 10, 2017 at 5:00 pm //

    Rider fans must ask some pointed questions of their team.What standards and measures above past performance,potential,stated desire are there to become a Roughrider? Does being out of shape,talking more about off field interests than understanding to new rules qualify? What vetting exists prior to getting a hello from Jones? If I express a strong desire can I get a contract?

  6. Robertson Glassford // March 10, 2017 at 5:05 pm //

    That’s fine, and I’m glad that Jones showed restraint. The lack of signing bonus is welcome.

    Still, I personally was expecting $150-200 in salary, no great shock here. And my other concerns remain. With this guy and Darian, you have about a 3 year upside. If they would have stacked the O-line and kept DD, you’d basically have a 3 year shot at another Grey Cup.

    So assume Young makes the team and plays some this year. A “victory” would be an 8-10 year, a wildcard playoff birth, and a 1st round loss. Then, presumably, we’d see “peak” Young by about Labour Day 2018.

    That means we could argue that we would have had at least 1-2 more “peak” years, if we had just kept Darian. Unless Young blows the doors off, and the chance of that happening is relatively low

  7. stampland // March 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm //

    more to point above,,what was used to determine Duron Carter was worthy of a contract? What was the process in determining the addition Greg Hardy to negotiation list last year prior to league stepping in

  8. True. You would have seen darian once again standing on the sideline. He’s a fragile flower that Montreal paid 400,000 for. Durant will be lucky to last five games this year. Get over the Durant era and move on. Go riders

  9. Patience // March 10, 2017 at 5:29 pm //

    I have always been a Rider fan but I am having trouble supporting this Jones regime. I actually agree with most of what Stampland says. The Jones fans usually have no facts, no logic; they simply revert to name calling. Much like Jones reverts to cheating and lieing. I can only imagine what labels this statement will get me. I think Young is a waste of time if not money. Of course, I am a Durant fan which doesn’t seem to be a popular thing to be right now. I think it will be more common by August.

  10. joe thibodeau // March 10, 2017 at 5:34 pm //

    Is housing part of the salary cap?

  11. Patience // March 10, 2017 at 5:49 pm //

    We will see if Durant is fragile this year. I don’t believe so. That was more a reflection on the O line and dreadful blocking than a reflection on Durant’s durability. Several QBs were injured last year behind that line. No one has ever given a reason for Fulton being traded last year, with no backup. He is a good left tackle and much cheaper than Dennis. Fulton and Clark were the only strong part of the O line last year and Jones got rid of one. I think he actually wanted Doubles to be hurt last year so he had an excuse to find his own guy. Too big an ego to accept a QB that he did not bring in. Too big an ego to ever be a successful long term coach.

  12. stampland // March 10, 2017 at 6:02 pm //

    Vince Young starter
    Johnny Manzeil backup
    RG III Third String

    All are available jones lol

  13. Ed Mc1/4s // March 10, 2017 at 6:51 pm //

    “He(Young) did not receive any up front money meaning the Riders could release him in training camp without paying a dime.” Does that mean he paid for his own plane ticket?

  14. You’re absolutely right about the OL, Patience, 2nd last in sacks given up in 2016, last in 2015. Gotta love Dennis calling out Hughes, Willis etc.. Even if Dennis DOES stop Hughes, Law (18 sacks in 23 games) comes up the other side. Don’t think Dennis can stop them both – maybe ask him. Stop Willis & Howard, Hunt or Whiteside are on the other wing. How about Westerman? Well your RT gets Okpalaugo (23 sacks 2 seasons in Toronto). And don’t even ask with Best gone & LaBatte a question mark who takes on Micah Johnson, Brooks, Sewell or Nevis up the middle. Yay, we have Dennis. Problem NOT solved.

  15. Lawless has come out and as much as said Young will be a bust because his completion percentage is too low and running Q B’s can’t make it anymore in the CFL, What? Durant was at his ultimate best when he ran for first downs in the last 3 minutes of Playoff games and willed the team to win. Vince has at least as good a chance as any NFL cut to make it in the CFL and probably a whole lot more. He was grounded in his press conference, he’s a specimen, a gun for an arm, can run, has the possible best assembled receiving core in the history of the league, so whats not to like?

    • stampland // March 11, 2017 at 12:28 am //

      lol best receiving core in league history? how do you figure?It won’t even be the best receiving core in rider history. most of them will never be around opening day unless Jones practices 95 players again

  16. Well, Mr Curling. Try using the past tense for Young. He was a specimen, had a gun for an arm, he used to be able to run; all six years ago. And even then did not put up good numbers in the NFL. It remains to be seen what he has left after six years. Keep in mind that most CFL QBs take the Christmas holidays off and then get back to working out. By his own admission, Young did not start training until February.
    As for the possible best assembled receiving core in the history of the league, you must be dreaming. Perhaps you have forgotten that Ottawa had four one thousand yard receivers last year. Pretty hard to top that. The Riders may have a decent receiving Corp but unlikely the best ever. Roosevelt is excellent, Carter can be good if he wants to be and doesn’t get suspended; he is a loose cannon. Holly and Collins look promising but not proven. Bag is very good but is often used as a blocker but could be a thousand yarder if used properly. Dumski looks promising but needs to take the next step. Bakari Grant is proven; he has proven that he is a five or six hundred yard receiver. I won’t go into the rest of the fifteen receivers. And all this depends on having a reliable QB to get them the ball. Another question mark. You are getting way ahead of yourself and believing all the hype put out by Jones and Murphy. All this and still an O line that has to prove itself or everything else, both QB and receivers becomes irrelevant.

  17. Right on again Patience. For all the hype Carter signed for 1/2 the salary he reportedly got in Montreal last year. If any NFL club was willing to take him on would he be in the CFL this year? No that’s why he only signed for 1year with the Als in 2016. His low salary shows how little interest he garnered in the CFL. He’s got a lot to prove. Hate to say it but BC with Arcenaux, Burnham & Williams I’d take over our receivers any day. As for 1 year receivers, give me Daniels over Holley or Collins.

    • stampland // March 11, 2017 at 10:52 am //

      Agreed best receiving corp in this league is BC (especially if Williams is healthy). Best ,most talented receiver in the league in 2017 will be Daniels (even if his stats aren’t).I won’t be anyone wearing a riders jersey.With the exception of Roosevelt and Carter (who’s attitude will be his downfall) riders receiving corp is a little above average at best

  18. Jones has figured the ratio out. Bagg and Demski and the other Canadians will share 1 spot, with 5 americans on some sets. Carter and Holley are both 6′ 5″ speedsters, so that leaves Roosevelt, Edwards and Collins and possibly Owens if you want the run threat. We can’t afford to have our 2 highest paid Canadian O linemen out for the whole year, but this year we can plug in a 3rd American and go with a Canadian running back, so lets all cross our fingers

  19. stampland // March 11, 2017 at 10:44 am //

    3 imports on your o-line??? Do you think that’s sustainable? I can’t remember any team doing that.What makes you think the riders have Canadian talent/depth above and beyond any other team to do this? Stamps have started a Canadian running back and 1 Canadian receiver for years.At most we’ve had 2 imports on o line but usually 1

  20. We will have 2 for sure, but with Muomba at linebacker and Steele/Gaydosh sharing D tackle and a canadian safety we will start 3 canadians on defence so with Bagg/Demski we need 3 more starters, What Jones is doing, and God knows I’m not a fan yet, is designating a few “canadian” positions and stockpiling selectively to prevent what happened last year If Labatte can play say 16 games we’ll be OK, if not Glenn can’t sustain the hits Durant took last year

  21. stampland // March 11, 2017 at 12:52 pm //

    the only place he’s stocked Canadians is running back and the talent level here is questionable,o-line he’s actually deficient.

  22. Jim Fleck // March 11, 2017 at 10:59 pm //

    Young doing this for his “LOVE” of the game. Read he had 2 restaurants and a real-estate brokerage firm so the $$$ is a minor issue or to make up for his University of Texas job he will give up if he makes the final roster. Good for him since he lost most of his NFL money thru bad advise and investments by family members I recall reading about. Another great comback story for the CFL and Vince if things work out in the long run.

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