Recently over at the mothership, Nick Eatman authored a post detailing five reasons why the Cowboys should sign Vince Young. Granted, the story of the talented but troubled prodigal son coming home to Texas to revive his career would make a great made for TV movie script, but that is a story that should stay in Hollywood. This is Valley Ranch, and bringing in these aging guys with a ton of talent but almost as many issues is what helped to get the Cowboys in the situation they are trying to dig out of. Signing Young would be a regression to the way things used to be. Lets take a quick look at some reasons why VY should not wear the star.
For starters, the Cowboys are finally starting to build the kind of young NFL quality depth that Garrett has been talking about since the day he was announced as the head coach. As it stands, the team is already going to be cutting some quality football players. For example, at running back there are three guys; Dunbar Lawrence, and Tanner who are all making a strong case for themselves. One and maybe two of them are going to wind up as the odd man out. Same thing goes at WR. Bringing in a third string QB eats up another slot that one of these guys might fill. That would be fine if the #3 was a young guy who they were looking to develop for the future, but we are talking about a former starter in the league who could not stick with the Buffalo Bills last summer. Better to keep the roster slot for someone who you are looking to as someone that will help your team in the future. Signing Vince Young to run your scout team is not a move that an organization focused on building for the future would make.
The option that they Cowboys might consider is to bring Young in as a "camp arm". In his post that was what Eatman brought up as his first reason, but then he immediately stated that there are better arms out there for that role. Byron Leftwich and even Matt Leinert were the two better choices he mentioned. It stands to reason that if you want a veteran arm to throw the ball so you can evaluate your younger receivers, you should choose the best arm you can get. To do anything less would be a disservice to the guys you are looking to evaluate.
The third, and the most obvious, reason for not bringing in Vince is that he does not fit into the new culture that Jason has brought to Valley Ranch. He does not, in any way fit in with the RKG concept. At various times throughout his career, Young has had a series of issues that have disrupted his team's locker room. Many fans will recall the story about how being in the Tennessee Titans locker room required other players to "walk on egg shells" due to the ongoing conflict between Young and Head Coach Jeff Fisher. There was also an incident where the quarterback went "missing" and the team had to contact Nashville police out of concern for his safety. Young was simply off pouting because the fans had booed him after a pair of interceptions. Vince has also told NFL.com that he has considered retiring from the game because football isn't fun anymore. He later turned around and tried to deny saying that in a taped interview. In addition, Vince Young's off field issues are well documented and they pose a serious distraction to him.
I just cannot see any situation where Vince Young adds anything to the Cowboys that someone else could not add in a way that is much more conducive to the cohesion and structure that Jason Garrett is building. He would be a progress stopper for a young player, not the best available fit for what the team's needs are, and he is not a RKG. Signing Vince just doesn't add up from my perspective.