It's over for Vince Young in Tennessee.
The former first-round draft pick, once proclaimed as the team's quarterback of the future, will be released. And while there was no specific mention about head coach Jeff Fisher's situation, it is now widely assumed that Fisher will remain in his current capacity, although there is still a chance he might be released.
Titans owner Bud Adams and general manager Mike Reinfeldt released statements tonight announcing that Young wouldn't be back next season.
"I informed our general manager Mike Reinfeldt to move forward with plans to begin the process of identifying the next quarterback for our franchise," Adams said in his statement. "He will inform Vince Young's agent that Vince will not be on our roster next season. I want to offer my personal thanks to Vince for all of his positive contributions to the club. These kinds of decisions are never easy and this is especially true for this particular player. I certainly wish that things would have worked out better, but I think it is best for the franchise that we move on at this point."
Adams said he "informed (coach) Jeff (Fisher) that I was continuing the evaluation of the coaching staff and I am hoping to make a decision soon."
"As you are aware, we have been engaged in a series of internal discussions over the last month about the future of our football team," Adams said. "We have two critical decisions to make – the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately."
Young, 27, finished his Titans career with 8,098 passing yards, 42 touchdowns and 42 interceptions.Since taking Young with the third-overall pick in the 2006 draft, Tennessee has made the playoffs twice and won one AFC South title (2008). Young started only one game that season, however, as Kerry Collins took over as the starter.
"I talked with Vince's agent Tom Condon (Wednesday) and informed him that Vince will not figure into the club's plans for next season," Reinfeldt said in his statement. "Under league rules, Vince's contract cannot be terminated until February 7 when waivers begin for the new season. Similarly, he cannot be traded to another club until trading begins on the first day of the league year. Until then, Vince is welcome to rehab his injury either here at our facility or elsewhere.
"I let Mr. Adams know that we will explore all of the options that are available to us to solidify the quarterback position for the upcoming season."
Young has one year left on his current deal. He is scheduled to make $8.5 million in 2011 and due a roster bonus of $4.25 million on March 10.