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May 2, 2014

Browns sign QB Vince Young to 1-year deal

Cleveland also adds Tyler Thigpen, linebacker Zac Diles

BEREA, Ohio — Vince Young doesn’t take anything for granted. Not after the road he’s been down.
Once of the NFL’s rising stars before personal problems sidetracked the quarterback’s career, Young signed a one-year contract on Thursday with the Cleveland Browns. 
Although rusty, Young who hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2011, showed enough during a three-day tryout to get the deal.
It’s been a long climb back for Young, who won’t celebrate with so much work to be done.
“There’s no popping the champagne bottle,” he said.
The 30-year-old Young comes with an impressive resume after going 31-19 as an NFL starter and making two Pro Bowls. 
He was signed along with free agent QB Tyler Thigpen and linebacker Zac Diles shortly after the Browns completed their first minicamp under new coach Mike Pettine.
This is another fresh start for Young, who spent part of the past two preseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay but hasn’t appeared in a game since Dec. 18, 2011, for Philadelphia.
He has endured financial problems, dealt with emotional issues and tried to balance his personal life while keeping his professional one afloat. Young is thankful for the new opportunity and plans to do all he can to convince the Browns that he’s worth hanging onto for a while.
After being offered a contract, Young told the Browns that instead of flying home to Texas, he planned to stay the weekend in Cleveland so he could become more acclimated with the team’s playbook and to work out.
“Right now I have my head down, just wanting to work and show the team, the organization what type of guy I am,” Young said. “That was my whole focus and how much hard work I put in.”

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