Signed as an unrestricted free agent in May, Young was long assumed to be the favorite in the backup quarterback race, where he'd only need to beat out Tyler Thigpen for the job. That did not happen; Thigpen remains with the team while Young is out, though in fairness, Thigpen may not be long for the roster, either.
Young had an up-and-down pre-season for the Bills as he made a few plays but struggled with consistency and grasping Chan Gailey's complicated offense. In three pre-season games, Young completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw two ugly interceptions while only leading one scoring drive.
Tarvaris Jackson, of course, will be Buffalo's backup quarterback in 2012, and perhaps even beyond. That trade has still not been made official by either the Bills or the Seattle Seahawks, but Young's release is a clear indication that it's only a matter of time before that happens.