Vince Young still believes he has something left to offer as a professional athlete. The journeyman quarterback has a "dream of playing more football," according to his new agent Leigh Steinberg.
Young, who spent time with five NFL teams over nine years after the Tennessee Titans selected him No. 3 overall, hasn't taken a regular-season snap since 2011. He attempted unsuccessfully to latch on with the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, and Cleveland Browns during each preseason from 2012-14, though fell short of securing a spot on a 53-man roster. He turns 34 in May.
Few players at any position miss multiple seasons and return to play more football, let alone signal-callers. Young has spent the past few years working for the University of Texas as a program ambassador, reportedly for a healthy $100,000 annual salary. Given his age and lack of recent on-field activity, his comeback effort seems like a long shot.
At the same time, Young has never lacked for physical gifts, which could intrigue another team to give him a look. He rushed for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns over his first two seasons, the former behind only Michael Vick for most by a quarterback during that stretch. If Young has kept in shape, he should still possess some semblance of that impressive athleticism.
If Young cannot find a suitor among the NFL's 32 teams, he could potentially draw interest from the Canadian league. He could also make his return with the new independent spring football league, which extended an invitation to Young in January.