Just days after the news broke that former Texas Longhorns quarterback Vince Young had signed with Houston-based agent Brian Overstreet, Young nabbed a chance to try out for the Cleveland Browns in a three-day voluntary minicamp beginning Tuesday.
The Browns have been a mess of a franchise for years and much of that has a been a result of instability at the quarterback position. Colt McCoy got supplanted rather summarily by the aged Brandon Weeden and the former Oklahoma State quarterback didn't turn out to be the answer either, resulting in his March release from the team.
Currently, the only quarterbacks on the roster are Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney. The former had some moments last year in his first extended playing time in the NFL, but he suffered a knee injury in October that ended his season. Still, he's expected to start in 2014. Tanney went undrafted out of Monmouth in 2012 and is best known for a trick shot video produced in 2011 that now has nearly 4 million views on YouTube.
As a result, the Browns are considering taking a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, having recently tried out former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
Cleveland is also considering other options, including taking a look at Young, who hasn't thrown a pass in an NFL game since is unsuccessful stint with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. Since then, he was released by the Buffalo Bills before the 2012 season began and the Green Bay Packers before the 2013 season opener.
The two-time Pro Bowler is 31-19 as a starter in the NFL and has been described as a good fit in Kyle Shanahan's offense. He's also been on the radar of the general manager for the Browns, Roy Farmer:
"He's had success in the National Football League," Farmer said. "We wanted to take the opportunity to get the chance to see where he was. We'd been kind of following him through the offseason. He'd been doing some things that kind of caught our eye and made us kind of take note."
Young said last week during a Comin' On Strong tour stop in Houston that he will have the option of taking a job in an ambassador position at Texas once his NFL career is over.
If he can't catch on with the Browns, it may be the end of the road for those aspirations.