NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams announced Wednesday evening that quarterback Vince Young will not be on the team's roster next season and will either be traded or released.
In a statement, Adams said, “[Wednesday], I informed our General Manager Mike Reinfeldt to move forward with plans to begin the process of identifying the next quarterback for our franchise.”
He continued, “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 made it clear Wednesday's decision does include a decision about head coach Jeff Fisher. He said he is still evaluating the coaching staff and hopes to make a decision very soon.
Young, who played for the Titans for five seasons, took to his Twitter account Wednesday night to thank his supporters and fans.
“I would like to thank the city of Nashville and the Tennessee fans for all of their support throughout my five years with the Titans,” Young wrote, adding, “I had a great run with the Titans and appreciate what the organization did for me. The staff was great and I am thankful for all they did.”
Young also went on to say that he is looking forward to the future.
“To new beginnings, [I'm] really excited to bring my talents to a new team,” he wrote via Twitter.
Under league rules, Young can not be terminated from the team 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,” General Manager Reinfeldt said in Wednesday's statement.
Former Titan player Chris Sanders said while it's sad to see Young released from the team, he understands the decision.
“It's just kind of sad that it has to come down to this where he gets released. He's come so far in the things that he's done and I think the maturing process has been a little slow and I think the coaching staff is tired of dealing with this situation,” Sanders said.
Some Titans' fans told News 2 they believe Young's lack of maturity could have cost him his job.
“I think part of the problem was that salary cap got rid of McNair and I think he would have mentored Vince,” fan Bill Atkinson said, adding, “Vince had a good first year as a rookie. I just think he does not have the maturity for the NFL.”
Fans also voiced their opinions on Fisher.
“…[Jeff Fisher] has taken us to a Super Bowl, we've had good times with Jeff Fisher but in this day and age we see new coaches coming in and making an instant impact and I think that's what Tennessee needs,” fan Brooks Jones said.
Others were more direct with their feelings.
“You need to choose between Jeff Fisher and Vince Young, and I would choose Vince Young,” Neil Driscoll said.
Others backed Coach Fisher.
“Fisher is a good coach,” Terry Wiseth said. “They should not, should not, let Fisher go.”
- Jan. 3, 2011: Titans yet to make decision on Fisher's future
- Jan. 3, 2011: Titans coach Jeff Fisher wants to return
- Jan. 2, 2011: Future of NFL's longest tenured coach in question
- Dec. 17, 2010: Young appears in Titans' locker room
- Nov. 23, 2010: Titans say no truth to Tennessean report
- Nov. 22, 2010: Vince Young tops topic of conversation around town
- Nov. 22, 2010: Young needs surgery, out for season, Fisher says
- Nov. 22, 2010: Bud Adams tells Young, Fisher to work it out, report says
- Nov. 21, 2010: Young hurts right thumb, bolts stadium after loss
- Nov. 1, 2010: Titans will use bye to rest Young's ankle, defense
- Oct. 10, 2010: Jeff Fisher calls Vince Young 'lucky'