SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans drops back to pass against the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31 2010 in San Diego California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills have announced that they've agreed to terms with free agent quarterback Vince Young. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Young's deal is for one year and will pay him $2 million, with another $1 million available in incentives.
The signing, paired with the March 15 signing of free agent defensive end Mario Williams, gives the Bills not only the No. 1 overall pick from the 2006 NFL Draft, but also the No. 3 overall pick, as well. Who's up for a trade for Reggie Bush?
Young, who will turn 29 a week from today, comes in purely as a backup quarterback, where he will compete with incumbent Tyler Thigpen - himself a 2011 free agent signing - to be the primary understudy to starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. A six-year veteran out of Texas, Young brings 50 games' worth of starting experience with him to Buffalo - which dwarfs the 12 starts Thigpen has made, and puts him on the level with Fitzpatrick (52 starts) in terms of game experience.
Things at quarterback in Buffalo just got a lot more interesting, even if there's much more clarity than you'll probably hear about on sports talk radio and the ESPNs of the world over the weekend. Make no mistake about it, folks: Young's here as a backup. Please keep that in mind.