He struggled in his one season as Michael Vick’s backup last season in Philadelphia. Young finished with four touchdowns, nine interceptions and was sacked eight times in six games, including three starts.
In assessing the Bills’ draft on Saturday, Nix noted the team had missed out on selecting a quarterback prospect they were interested in, before adding Buffalo would pursue other options.
“We’re going to get one in free agency,” Nix said. “We’re going to bring in a quarterback, and we think a good one.”
Young’s athletic ability is not in question. He’s still regarded as a solid dual-threat with his strong arm and ability to take off an run. What remains unknown is how the highs and lows Young has endured during his six-year NFL career have affected him, and how suited he might be to fill a complimentary role.
In April, Young told The Tennessean that he would prefer being a starter but was keeping his options open.
“Sure, I’d like to (start). Everybody feels that way,” Young told the newspaper while participating at a charity basketball game. “But all I can do is come in and compete. It is like I am getting drafted all over again. You go in and compete and let the coaches and front office people make that decision.”
Don’t rule out the Bills as a possibility for Young after the team has spent this offseason taking an aggressive approach to building its roster in a bid to become competitive and end a 12-year playoff drought — the NFL’s longest active streak.
Buffalo made one of the biggest splashes in free agency in March by signing defensive end Mario Williams to a six-year, $100 million contract — the largest made to a NFL defensive player.