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Vince Young Done in Tennessee; Titans Ready to 'Move On'

Jan 5, 2011 – 7:08 PM
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Vince Young's Vince Young Titanstime in Tennessee has come to an end.

Titans owner Bud Adams and general manager Mike Reinfeldt released a pair of statements Wednesday night, announcing that Young would not return to the Titans in 2011.

"(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," 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 added that he had "informed (coach) Jeff (Fisher) that I was continuing the evaluation of the coaching staff and I am hoping to make a decision soon." On Tuesday, the NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reported that Adams would choose between keeping either Young or Fisher. Despite deciding to move on at quarterback, though, Adams made clear that Fisher's future is not yet decided.

"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's tenure in Tennessee spanned five tumultuous seasons. The 27-year-old quarterback finishes 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 pocketed one AFC South title (2008) -- Young started just one game that season, however, with Kerry Collins taking over.

"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. The Titans will certainly either trade or release him prior to that date.

Young spent the final weeks of the season on injured reserve with a thumb injury. He was placed on IR two days after a locker-room altercation with Fisher.

While Young had apologized via text to Fisher later that week, Fisher -- who ended his 16th full season as the Titans' coach Sunday -- had indicated that the texted apology did little to repair the duo's relationship. Young and Fisher reportedly had not spoken since the incident, and didn't speak when Young attended a late-season game, nor when he was at the team's practice facility two days earlier.

Fisher reportedly let Adams know following the regular season that he would not return as the Titans' coach if Young was under contract. There has been more uncertainty about Fisher's future this off-season than any of his previous off-seasons with the team following eight losses in 10 games that led to a 6-10 finish, the Titans' worst record since 2005.

-- John Oehser contributed to this report

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