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Young won’t be back with the Titans

Associated Press / January 6, 2011

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The Titans released a statement last night in which owner Bud Adams said quarterback Vince Young won’t be on the roster next season, but he’s still evaluating the coaching staff.

“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,’’ Adams said.

Adams is the owner who wanted Young drafted No. 3 overall out of Texas in 2006 and said on draft day that “VY is my guy.’’ But the 88-year-old owner decided Young no longer is the quarterback for his franchise.

Young is 30-17 in five seasons, but only 13-14 vs. teams finishing a season at .500 or better. He’s also battled questions over his work ethic, leadership, and injuries. He suffered a season-ending thumb injury on his right hand Nov. 21, tossed his shoulder pads into the stands, and told off coach Jeff Fisher in the locker room before storming out.

The 27-year-old Young told The Tennessean that he was a little bitter but thanked Adams and Fisher for giving him a chance. He also said he had nothing against Fisher, though he never felt like the coach trusted him or that he was his guy.

“Everything was my fault. But that’s over now. I wish Coach Fisher and Bud Adams and all my coaches and teammates best,’’ Young said.

The quarterback is due a roster bonus of $4.25 million in March and an $8.5 million salary for 2011.

Adams said he informed general manager Mike Reinfeldt to start identifying the team’s next quarterback and thanked Young for his contributions to the team.

“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.

Young cannot be released until Feb. 7, and he can’t be traded until the first day of the league year — an uncertain date because of the labor unrest.

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The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the interview wasn’t made public. Harbaugh returned Tuesday night to the Bay Area from a 40-12 Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in Miami that gave the Cardinal a program-best 12-1 record. He now must weigh his options, which appear to be many.

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