Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix had no difficulty assessing Vince Young’s attributes after agreeing to a one-year contract with the free-agent quarterback Friday.
Strong arm. Great mobility. And then there’s his winning record as an NFL starter.
When it came to projecting Young’s role with the Bills, Nix offered no guarantees except to say the starting job’s already taken by Ryan Fitzpatrick, leaving Young competing for a backup job.
“We’re looking always to try to improve our team,” Nix said. “It’s a competition for the backup quarterback job and not the starter. ... He knows it. That’s the way it is.”
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That doesn’t devalue the Bills’ hopes for the 2006 offensive rookie of the year, who will be competing with backup Tyler Thigpen.
“The guy’s been to two Pro Bowls, he’s 31-19 as a starter in this league,” Nix said. “We think he can do that again. If he has to play, he can give us a chance to win the game or at least this: He will make Tyler better.”
Young’s once promising pro career that began in 2006, when Tennessee drafted him with the No. 3 pick, is taking another detour. He’ll be joining his third team in as many seasons after completing a one-year contract with Philadelphia last season.
The deal was reached a little over a week after Young worked out for the Bills at their facility.
A person familiar with the contract provided the length of the contract, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the Bills do not release those figures. Citing a league source, ESPN.com reported the contract is worth $2 million with another $1 million available in playing-time bonuses.
BROWNS LOSE TAYLOR
Cleveland defensive tackle Phil Taylor needs surgery to repair a torn chest muscle and will be sidelined for months.
Taylor tore his left pectoral muscle Thursday lifting weights. Browns coach Pat Shurmur said Taylor, who started all 16 games as a rookie last season, will have an operation next week.
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