Vince Young did not receive signing bonus from the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Vince Young did not receive signing bonus from the Saskatchewan Roughriders

Young was named Rookie of the Year in the NFL in 2006 after being drafted No. 3 overall following an accomplished collegiate career at Texas highlighted by leading the Longhorns to the national championship in the 2006 Rose Bowl. But for a variety of reasons, on- and off-field issues plagued Young's career early on and within five seasons, his time in Tennessee concluded.

TSN's Gary Lawless reports that Young's agent is finalizing a deal with the CFL's Saskatchewn Roughriders for the 33-year old.

Young has been tied to the Riders for a few weeks after his agent, Leigh Steinberg, tweeted that the former Texas Longhorn was in negotiations with the CFL club. Steinberg also felt Young's mobility would make for an easier adjustment to Canadian football.

From 2012 to 2014, Young was a member of the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns where he failed to make the team's regular roster.

Saskatchewan has been looking for a starter since trading veteran Darian Durant's rights to the Montreal Alouettes in January.




Young, a native of Houston, now works for Texas promoting diversity and community engagement.

"I still definitely love the game". He will compete against G.J. Kinne and Kevin Glenn, among others, for playing time.

The CFL's season begins on June 22 and culminates with the Grey Cup on November 26.

"I've got to put in the work and get in the film room and transfer the film work and mental stuff to the football field", he said. From 1990-97, the Boston College star played in 136 games and threw 270 touchdown passes.

Derek Dennis, the CFL's top lineman a year ago with Calgary who signed with Saskatchewan this off-season as a free agent, tweeted "All I gotta say is don't worry about getting touched in that pocket!" "This was a good move for me because I still have the fire to play football".

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