There’s growing sediment that Titans’ quarterback Vince Young has taken his last snap in Tennessee.
Following an overtime loss to the Redskins in Week 11 on Sunday, Young reportedly got into a heated argument with head coach Jeff Fisher in the locker. Young also apparently bereted Fisher under his breath has the coach was addressing the rest of the team and then stormed out of LP Field as teammate Michael Griffin tried to chase him down.
It gets worse. Young also reportedly threw his shoulder pads into the stands at one point during the game and told Fisher, “I’m not running out on teammates, I’m running out on you.”
Young tore a tendon in his thumb during the game against Washington and was replaced by backup Rusty Smith. Following the game, Fisher said that Young would not retain the starting quarterback job whether he has surgery on his injured thumb or not. Considering the Titans would rather go with an unproven Rusty Smith, it appears as though Young’s days in Tennessee are numbered.
Young is due a $4.25 million roster bonus and $8.5 million in base salary for 2011. It’s likely that the Titans will place him on injured reserve soon, which would effective end his 2010 season. If they can’t trade him in the offseason, it would stand to reason that they would waive him before he’s owed the roster bonus.
If this is the end of the line for Young in Tennessee, it would mark a roller coaster ride for the 27-year-old former first round pick. He began his career in Tennessee with such high hopes but he had a mental breakdown two years ago (when he considered quitting football altogether) and then injuries and poor play have ruined 2010. After he played well in the second half of ’09, people thought Young had turned the corner and would reach his potential this season. But that just hasn’t been the case.