Every so often a professional sports organization makes a move that just leaves you scratching your head. This week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders did just that.
On Thursday afternoon, 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk reported that the Riders have added quarterback Vince Young to their negotiation list. That follows up some speculation from the team’s play-by-play man Rod Pedersen that the team might have interest in a former “fairly big name” NFL quarterback. Could Young be that guy? Perhaps. Is there more to come? Perhaps.
Having a passing interest in the former University of Texas quarterback isn’t that big of a deal. There was a time when adding Young might have been considered a good move or at least a risk worth taking. However, when you consider the fact that Young is currently 33 years old and hasn’t been part of a professional football team’s regular season roster since 2011, something just doesn’t add up here.
Age is certainly the biggest question mark. The Riders already have their experienced quarterback in Kevin Glenn. At 33, Young doesn’t exactly fit the bill as the team’s potential quarterback of the future. Could he figure out the CFL game and start for the Riders, or at least crack the roster should he decide to come north? Sure, anything is possible. But, it’s not like he’s going to be in that position for more than a few years if he does. At this point, the Riders should be looking to get younger and working to find their guy who will lead the franchise for the next decade.
This move does make some sense is if it’s paper work to try and bring Young to a workout or the team’s mini-camp in a couple of months just to get a look at him. There’s certainly no harm in that, even if he isn’t a long term solution. Young has also been invited to play in a spring league down south, this gives the Riders his rights should he look decent, if he decides to show up. Otherwise, Young is basically a waste of a spot on the neg list as it’s hard to imagine there’s a whole lot of interest across the league for a guy who hasn’t been on a roster in over five years.
Will Young even consider heading north of the border? That’s another question all together. Young has had a job with the University of Texas for a few years now, one that you imagine has to pay him decently considering his legendary status at the school. Would he give that up to make less money and start taking hits again at his age?
Since taking over the football operations department in Saskatchewan, Chris Jones has shown he’s willing to leave no stone unturned in order to find talent. This time, he could have left the stone exactly where it was.