Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) on the sideline during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Will Vince Young Wear the Silver and Black?

Aug 25, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) on the sideline during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Vince Young seemed to have fallen off the map after his brief period of success in Tennessee. The athletic star out of Texas seemed to be filled with potential. Who can forget the highly touted 2006 Rose Bowl. A showdown between two of the finest college prospects featuring Young and current Lion and former Heisman trophy winner, (emphasize former) Reggie Bush. Over 200 yards passing and rushing later (including a clutch game winning touchdown scramble) Vince Young had sealed his value in the draft. As irony would have it Young was selected by the Titans third overall in the 2006 NFL Draft.

The third overall pick in this year’s draft belongs to an Oakland Raider team that may very well be lacking a quarterback. Hue Jackson’s trade of the century has utterly failed expectations. Jackson’s golden child seems to be unwilling to take a pay cut making it only a matter of time before Reggie Mckenzie goes all Henry VIII on him. Add the fact that after another year of cleaning house in Oakland the roster is about as exciting as two hours of Ben Stein commercials. So, where does Oakland go from here? Assuming Palmer gets the axe will Oakland turn to Geno Smith? Smith is young, and might not be able to make an impact in week 1 leaving this Raider fan to say no. Using the pick up on Smith would leave the defense, well defenseless.

Using the draft to strengthen the holes found on the defensive line, in the secondary, at tight end, and for Darren McFadden’s insurance policy running back leaves Oakland down a quarterback. Enter Terrell Pryor. The former Buckeye seems to have become a hometown favorite. Every fan loves watching a quarterback who can cannon the ball down the field while having the athletic ability to outrun safetys. Despite playing a close week 17 game against the Bolts, Pryor still has much to prove that he can lead an NFL caliber offense to victory. The man may in fact be no more then a glorified backup for the rest of his career if he lacks the key decision making and accuracy a quarterback must have.

Suddenly Vince Young emerges onto the NFL market, displaying an impressive performance at the Texas Pro Day. After the last couple years of dismal performance as a backup, is Young even worth the time of an NFL GM? I believe he is most definitely worth the time of Reggie McKenzie. After experiencing the breakdowns and failures of the NFL the quarterback may be in the discount aisle of free agents. Who knows he might even become that one dollar movie at the gas station that is pretty good. Young will also make for a very heated competition come training camp time pushing Terrell Pryor to step up his game or continue his legacy as a potential filled backup.

The gamble on Young is simple. It is low risk with a possibility of a high outcome. It is truly hard to envision Reggie McKenzie leaving all of his buckeyes in Terrell Pryor’s basket. Of course if Carson Palmer realized he only won four games last season and in no way shape or form deserves the money he is asking for then maybe this discussion would be obsolete. Chances are he will end his career losing to the monstrous NFC West teams as a Cardinal. Leaving behind a legacy of stubbornness and what could have been while Vince Young or Terrell Pryor find themselves at the helm of Oakland’s offense.

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  • Robert Ruelas

    Cant believe u actually think young or Pryor are better than Palmer. Lol

  • Ricky Bobby

    I have been saying this for weeks, sign him Reggie!!

  • Raider Grant

    Palmer is the best option should he be a team player & restructure his deal. No way The Raiders pay him more next year than Drew Brees or Tom Brady, restructure or release ! Now that Jason Campbell got signed by Browns, I would rather sign Vincent Young opposed to drafting Geno Smith. Why waste that draft pick on a mediocre QB, when The Raiders can add to DEFENSE! Once again better QB draft next year. Sometimes a second chance leads to a couple stellar years,just ask rich Gannon.

  • Kenneth Adams

    I’ll take Vince or Flynn since Carson doesn’t want to be a Raider.

  • Raider Grant

    Ah snap,Forgot bout FLYNN! If the price is right sign him!

  • Raider Grant

    For the record if Carson gets released, I would expect Pryor gets his shot as starter. Unless whoever else we do bring aboard proves to be the starter. Vincent Young is a back up QB option & in my opinion he would be playing somewhere in the football world if he truly wanted to prove his ability to lead. Now if FLYNN is signed than I believe he could compete for starting role.

  • Facts Rule

    Dennis Allen does not want Pryor, Geno or Young. Give him Flynn and let’s move on. Hopefully Pryor will end up somewhere he will be given a fair chance and the tools he needs, like other teams did who wanted their “athletic” QBs to succede. Give Allen coach of the year if he trades Pryor to a team where he can flourish, since he has no plans for the kid.

  • Facts Rule

    We would all expect Pryor to be given the start, but there is one thing in the way; Dennis Allen. He was forced to play the kid in the last game and his whole demeaner proved he hated Pryor being out there. During the season all of the offensive coaches focused on the first team, so how could Pryor develop? Go back to all of his press conferences and Allen says the same generic thing; Pryor is a work in progress; he is showing signs of improvement; he is not ready yet…Well, if you you don’t make him a priority, he will never be ready. Allen will bring in Flynn to start – not compete, or someone just like Flynn before he gives Pryor, Geno or Young a shot. Regardless, it won’t be Pryor if Allen has anything to do with it.

  • Raider Grant

    Tru that ! I love the fact we are changing it up & hopefully can be competitive soon, but will never understand the hiring of Dennis Allen. Hope Mark Davis has marbles to pull plug on him early as head coach & put his beady eyes on Defense where he is supposedly some kind of guru. Doubt he could coach D since it was a mess last year & all the Defensive Guru could do is give excuse. There is a reason we brought in an assistant head coach. No Palmer, GIVE PRYOR HIS SHOT THAT’S WHY AL, NOT Allen PICKED HIM UP! LONG LIVE THE NATION

  • yecisscience

    Pryor should be the starter. But why are you clowns disrespecting on Geno. Geno is a beast n will b a winner

  • Vearly C. Evans Sr.

    Vince Young is ready to prove he can help a team win ball games…

  • Jay Gossness

    Its true Palmer is a better passer that’s it! WE NEED AN ATHLETE TO EXTEND PLAYS SO……………………………. for this team they are better!!!!!!!!!!!!!