February 17, 2017

Updated: Could be another week before reported Young, Riders talks materialize

The Canadian Press

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders are reportedly in contract discussions with former NFL quarterback Vince Young, according to Young’s agent Leigh Steinberg.

Steinberg issued another statement regarding the rumours just a day after he initially sparked speculation that the two parties were in talks.  The agent told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle that he expects “this process to go for another week until we figure it out.”

Steinberg went on to tell Wilson that, “The reality is (Young) is 33, but he’s only 33,” Steinberg said. “My experience with quarterbacks is as long as they’re not hurt in their legs most of them could probably play into their 40s. Their arm stays strong. I found him to be bright and realistic and ambitious. Part of his goal is he wants to make a difference in the world.”

To read the full article in the Chronicle, click here.

Steinberg, who announced on Wednesday he would represent Young during his football comeback, tweeted the news on Thursday afternoon:

Young, 33, was once one of football’s hottest names after leading the University of Texas to a dramatic Rose Bowl win over the USC Trojans in 2006

A 6-foot-5 Houston native known for his ability as a dual-threat quarterback, Young became the third overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans.

After five seasons with Tennessee, Young spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Buffalo Bills, the Green Bay Packers and, most recently in 2014, the Cleveland Browns.

Should Young join the Riders, his return to football would come following a two-year absence.

For the Riders, there’s a chance Young could be the quarterback they’re looking for to replace the departed Darian Durant. Durant was a pending free agent when the Riders traded his rights to the Alouettes, opting to move in a different direction at the quarterback position.

Saskatchewan has since brought in veteran pivot Kevin Glenn, currently the team’s projected opening day starter.

It’s been widely reported that Young is on Saskatchewan’s negotiation list, which would give the Riders exclusive negotiation rights with the former NFL star.

More to come . . .