Vince Young will be traded or released by Tennessee Titans
The tempestuous relationship between Tennessee Titans Coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young will end with either the trade or release of the quarterback, according to Tennessean.com.
"As you are aware, we have been engaged in a series of internal discussions over the last month about the future of our football team," Titans owner Bud Adams said in a statement released by the team. "We have two critical decisions to make - the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position.
"They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately. Today, I informed our general manager Mike Reinfeldt to move forward with plans to begin the process of identifying the next quarterback for our franchise. He will inform Vince Young's agent that Vince will not be on our roster next season.
"I want to offer my personal thanks to Vince for all of his positive contributions to the club. These kinds of decisions are never easy and this is especially true for this particular player. I certainly wish that things would have worked out better, but I think it is best or the franchise that we move on at this point.
"I also informed [Coach] Jeff [Fisher] today that I was continuing the evaluation of the coaching staff and I am hoping to make a decision soon."
Young suffered a season-ending thumb injury in November and underwent surgery. In addition, he has been demoted and banished by Fisher at times this season as their relationship headed for the rocks. Young is 30-17 in five NFL seasons, 13-14 against teams that finished at .500 or better.
"That's crazy. That's something I would never have expected," Titans running back Chris Johnson said in a phone interview with ESPN. "That's a guy always I looked at when I was in college ... that's somebody I always wanted to play with and ... if I could get the opportunity to play with him it'd be a great thing. He'd be a great teammate."
Johnson said he didn't see the split coming because Young "produced a lot of wins" and because it was something between the two of them. "I'm at a loss for words," Johnson said. "I'm not sure that I have the right answer on why this situation happened."
Young will be gone, but, as Adams indicated, Fisher, who has a year left on his contract and is the NFL's longest-tenured head coach with 16 full seasons in the books, is on notice as well. Fisher had no comment Wednesday on the Young news.
Reinfeldt, in a statement released by the team, said:
"I talked with Vince's agent Tom Condon today and informed him that Vince will not figure into the club's plans for next season. Under league rules, Vince's contract cannot be terminated until February 7 when waivers begin for the new season. Similarly, he cannot be traded to another club until trading begins on the first day of the league year. Until then, Vince is welcome to rehab his injury either here at our facility or elsewhere.
"I let Mr. Adams know that we will explore all of the options that are available to us to solidify the quarterback position for the upcoming season."
Now...where's the best spot for Vince Young?
| January 5, 2011; 7:00 PM ET
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