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Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Is Vince Young on Dolphins' or Bills' radar?

By Tim Graham

The Tennessee Titans are parting ways with quarterback Vince Young, a Heisman Trophy finalist, rookie of the year and two-time Pro Bowler who apparently lost a battle of wills with head coach Jeff Fisher.

The Titans announced they will either trade or waive Young before next season. They must wait until Feb. 7 to waive him. He can't be traded until March 4. Young reportedly has a $4.25 million roster bonus due March 10.

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Vince Young could be a good fit in either Miami or Buffalo.
Young won't be unemployed next season. Could he find a home in the AFC East?

We can rule out the New England Patriots and probably the New York Jets, too.

Young could be considered an upgrade over Mark Sanchez, but Sanchez is the Jets' franchise quarterback. The Jets also have a wildly uncertain offseason ahead with so many soon-to-be free agents and high-priced older players.

But the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills look like possible landing spots.

The Dolphins are down on Chad Henne, their supposed quarterback of the future who was benched during the season and never generated faith within the organization. In a radio interview Tuesday, star receiver Brandon Marshall criticized Henne's unwillingness to challenge defenses.

Young would provide the Dolphins with a totally new dynamic -- a mobile quarterback with a winning track record. Young not only would stimulate Miami's disenchanted fans, but also a stagnant team that ranked 30th in points, 21st in total offense, 21st in rushing offense and 16th in passing offense.

But the Dolphins can't make any decisions about whether Young would be a fit until they determine what to do with head coach Tony Sparano. He's still in place, but owner Stephen Ross reportedly has been flirting with Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh and former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher.

The Bills would be another intriguing possibility. Head coach Chan Gailey is a big fan of incumbent quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Gailey has had success in the past with running quarterbacks.

Gailey was the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive coordinator when Kordell Stewart was there and impressively used Tyler Thigpen while the Kansas City Chiefs' play-caller.

Plus, Bills owner Ralph Wilson isn't averse to chasing a big name. The Bills pursued Michael Vick before the 2009 season, according to Vick's adviser, Tony Dungy.

Then again, with the third pick in April's draft, the Bills almost certainly will have the option to select Auburn quarterback Cam Newton if they wanted him badly enough.

Would you like to see Young wearing your team's colors in 2011?