Vince Young was released Saturday by the Green Bay Packers, a mildly surprising move given that the Packers are looking for a backup to quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Young tweeted the news of his release Saturday morning, just hours before the deadline for teams to reduce rosters to 53 men. “Thanks to the Packers for the opportunity,” Young said. “Great organization, great team, wonderful fans. Good luck this season.”
It was believed that the Packers might go with Young after they released backup Graham Harrell (who signed with the New York Jets), but Green Bay instead have B.J. Coleman backing up Rodgers — barring a trade or another move.
Young seemed to anticipate the news after completing just 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards (two sacks, no touchdowns, no interceptions two fumbles) in the Packers’ preseason finale.
“In my short time being here, I learned as much as I could. Hopefully teams across the NFL saw that, being in the situation I was, how much hard work I put in behind the scenes to try to catch up, try to do the best I could,” Young said (via ESPN Wisconsin’s Jason Wilde). “Like I said when I first got in, I just never gave up on myself. I just wanted another opportunity and Green Bay gave me another opportunity. And then they did, I made the best of it. Hopefully I get an opportunity to stay on the team, stay here and help out. And if not, hopefully teams around the league will give me an opportunity as well.”
Like Tim Tebow, another quarterback who was released Saturday, Young won a national championship in college.