Update (1:30 p.m.): Vince Young is en route to Canada in order to finalize a contract to play quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League, according to a tweet by his agent Leigh Steinberg on Wednesday afternoon.
The two sides have been in negotiations, with Steinberg tweeting and telling news outlets that there was mutual interest between Young and the Roughriders. Earlier Wednesday, TSN senior correspondent Gary Lawless tweeted that a press conference to announce the signing could take place as soon as Thursday.
confirmed: Vince Young en route to Regina to finalize contract with @sskroughriders, if all goes well – to be introduced tomorrow as new QB
— gary lawless (@garylawless) March 8, 2017
Should he sign, Young will join another former Longhorns quarterback, G.J. Kinne, who is already on the roster. Second-year offensive lineman Kennedy Estelle adds to growing Texas flavor in Regina. Both of those players transferred from the 40 Acres before finishing their college careers.
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The path to “Make Vince Great Again” might involve a move to Canada.
A day after it came to light that Vince Young has partnered in a Central Texas real estate firm, the former Texas star quarterback’s agent provided an update on his latest quest to carve out a spot on a football roster.
“(Young) will decide on football destination by the end of the week,” Leigh Steinberg tweeted Wednesday.
The most likely destination appears to be the Canadian Football League, specifically the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Steinberg told the Regina Leader-Post that Young has been in negotiations with the Regina, Saskatchewan-based club.
“We’ve had discussions with Saskatchewan . . . Vince has had discussions with the coach (Chris Jones) and both discussions are proceeding,” Steinberg said. “We’re watching the beginning of free agency in the NFL and looking at Canada . . . I think we’re probably within a week of decision-making here.
“(Young) has been impressed by the coach, by the fervour of the fans who reacted to the fact we were talking to (the Riders) with real enthusiasm, the fact that they play in a state-of-the-art stadium (new Mosaic) and been impressed by moves they’ve made in free agency.”
Should Young choose to head to Canada, the Leader-Post reports that the Roughriders would have the exclusive rights to sign him. CFL teams begin training camp in late May and the season gets underway in June.
The NFL looks unlikely since Young has not appeared on a roster since 2014 and last played a game in 2011.
If all else fails, Young’s status as a University of Texas employee means that he could legally suit up for an intramural team this fall. It’s a long shot, but hey, enterprising fraternities have devised stranger publicity stunts.
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