Vince Young released by Tennessee Titans
The team released the quarterback Thursday, nearly eight months after owner Bud Adams said the team would trade or release him and more than five years after they drafted him No. 3 overall.
“As we have said since January, it was time for us to go in a different direction at quarterback and we have done that,” Mike Reinfeldt, the Titans' general manager and executive vice president, said in a statement Thursday.
The Titans made the move now to avoid paying Young a $4.25-million roster bonus. His $8.5-million salary this season made him too pricey to trade to another team.
Young, who had an up-and-down relationship with the Titans, has been working out throughout the lockout and said in January he looked forward to a new beginning with a new team.
He went 30-18 in five seasons but just 13-14 with teams that finished at .500 or better.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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