Tennessee Titans’ QB Vince Young is at it again, but instead of whining, now he’s giving ultimatums. As the Titans first round pick in the 2006 draft, Young was expected to be a difference maker for the then struggling Titans and for a season or so he was.
After winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2006, he regressed during the 2007 season throwing 9 TD’s and 17 int’s. After a rocky start to the 2008 season, he was benched during the first game versus the Jags, of course after throwing a couple of interceptions.
Young spent almost the entire 2008 season as the backup to Kerry Collins, who led the team to a 13-3 record. Knowing full well that his performance alone want get him back in the staring line-up, Young has decided to give his employer an ultimatum; start me or trade me. Smart move right.
So what leverage does the ‘franchise’ QB have? He still has 2 years left on a $58M contract and more importantly, he hasn’t had a great performance on the field in more than a year.
Obviously, there isn’t a giant market for an inconsistent QB that often puts his own agenda ahead of the team’s. I don’t doubt that he will start again in the NFL, but the way Young has handled adversity speaks to his narcissistic behavior and his lack of commitment to his team, not a great way to get back into the good graces of your coach.