There have been multiple reports that the Eagles have agreed to a one-year deal with quarterback Vince Young. Deals cannot be made official until 6 PM this evening when free agency gets underway.
However that didn't stop reporters from asking Michael Vick about the potential addition after Friday morning's practice. And Vick, well, he'd welcome Young in with open arms.
"I look forward to having him in here," said Vick, who knows Young. "I look forward to working with him and making him a better player."
After a stellar career at the University of Texas, Young was the No. 3 overall pick of the Titans in the 2006 NFL Draft. Young had a roller coaster of a career in Tennessee where he earned two Pro Bowl nods, most recently in 2009, but he clashed with former head coach Jeff Fisher and lost his starting job in the middle of last season. Young did not play against the Eagles last season due to leg injuries.
When effective, Young has proven that he can win in the NFL with a 30-17 record. In fact, Young nearly led the Titans into the playoffs in the 2009 season with an 8-2 record at the end of the season after he returned to the starting lineup.
While Young has never played in a West Coast offense, the effect that Eagles head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg can have on a quarterback is evident in Vick. Not known as a proficient pocket passer or an accurate quarterback prior to his time in Philadelphia, Vick had a career year last season. Vick believes Reid and Mornhinweg can work their magic with Young, a strong-armed 6-5, 232-pound 28-year-old.
"It's going to be a positive effect. I think Vince will mature as a player," Vick said. "I think he'll get better as far as understanding what this offense is about and I think it will help him long-term. That's our goal, to get him in here and make him a better player. If we ever need him, he's here for us."
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