Its just the optics of the whole thing, I mean we trade Durant because he is getting too old or whatever and then we sign Glenn to be "insurance" ok fine, but seriously what do you accomplish by even looking at this guy? I mean in all honesty is there really any chance he will make the team? If he does then either he is really good or we are so bad in the position and that is pretty scary.
I mean look at the optics of it. This just reeks of grasping at straws. Sure I get other teams also add some very long shots to the neg list but most teams don't get the exposure the Riders do. I mean if BC or Toronto were to have done it then it probably goes completely unnoticed but not here, nope people are watching and taking notice.
" Vince Young move an odd one for Riders https://t.co/kDQHwtqO4S
— CFL Headlines (@CFL_Headlines) February 2, 2017
Every so often a professional sports organization makes a move that just leaves you scratching your head. This week, the Saskatchewan Roughriders did just that.
On Thursday afternoon, 3DownNation’s Justin Dunk reported that the Riders have added quarterback Vince Young to their negotiation list. That follows up some speculation from the team’s play-by-play man Rod Pedersen that the team might have interest in a former “fairly big name? NFL quarterback. Could Young be that guy? Perhaps. Is there more to come? Perhaps.
Having a passing interest in the former University of Texas quarterback isn’t that big of a deal. There was a time when adding Young might have been considered a good move or at least a risk worth taking. However, when you consider the fact that Young is currently 33 years old and hasn’t been part of a professional football team’s regular season roster since 2011, something just doesn’t add up here.
Age is certainly the biggest question mark. The Riders already have their experienced quarterback in Kevin Glenn. At 33, Young doesn’t exactly fit the bill as the team’s potential quarterback of the future. Could he figure out the CFL game and start for the Riders, or at least crack the roster should he decide to come north? Sure, anything is possible. But, it’s not like he’s going to be in that position for more than a few years if he does. At this point, the Riders should be looking to get younger and working to find their guy who will lead the franchise for the next decade.
This move does make some sense is if it’s paper work to try and bring Young to a workout or the team’s mini-camp in a couple of months just to get a look at him. There’s certainly no harm in that, even if he isn’t a long term solution. Young has also been invited to play in a spring league down south, this gives the Riders his rights should he look decent, if he decides to show up. Otherwise, Young is basically a waste of a spot on the neg list as it’s hard to imagine there’s a whole lot of interest across the league for a guy who hasn’t been on a roster in over five years.
Will Young even consider heading north of the border? That’s another question all together. Young has had a job with the University of Texas for a few years now, one that you imagine has to pay him decently considering his legendary status at the school. Would he give that up to make less money and start taking hits again at his age?
Since taking over the football operations department in Saskatchewan, Chris Jones has shown he’s willing to leave no stone unturned in order to find talent. This time, he could have left the stone exactly where it was."
So again is this exactly the kind of publicity the team needs? I sure don't think so and it seems like we are quickly becoming the joke of the league instead of the once pride of it. Signing like this and Mitchell are doing nothing to show otherwise either and in fact only makes more of a case that it is true. This is something I just don't think Jones gets and probably never will and it could be his down fall. Sure in other cities he could get away unscathed by some of these moves but here nothing goes unnoticed and with the team not being successful in the last couple of seasons that is not going to get any better. IF the team was winning then perhaps it gets shrugged off but it isn't and if it continues to lose and he keeps making moves like this it will get worse for him and as I said eventually it could get him turfed quicker. I'm sure the BOD don't appreciate the negative image hit that the team is taking every time something like this happens and could get quickly tired of it with especially no wins to balance things out. If the BOD don't care then that to me is a red flag and perhaps more then Jones should be under the microscope.