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Eagles Finalize Deal With Vince Young

The Eagles finalized a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young late Friday evening.

Young, the third pick in the 2006 draft, was officially released by the Titans on Thursday and became an unrestricted free agent earlier Friday. The Titans announced in January that they planned to cut ties with Young.

The Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Cards earlier Thursday, opening up a spot for an experienced backup quarterback.

Young will back up Michael Vick, with second-year pro Mike Kafka remaining the third-stringer.

Young, 28, had a 30-17 record in 47 starts with the Titans. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2006, when he went 8-5, and again in 2009, when he was 8-2.

Despite his lofty won-loss record, Young’s career numbers are mediocre – 42 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a 75.5 passer rating, which is fourth-worst of the 30 NFL quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 1,000 passes since 2006 (ahead of only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kerry Collins and Derek Anderson). His 57.9 completion percentage during the same period is also fourth-worst (ahead of Alex Smith, Collins and Anderson).

Statistically, Young’s best passing year was last year, when he threw 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions and had a 98.6 passer rating – fifth-best in the NFL among quarterbacks who threw at least 150 passes.

Young enjoyed some great success during his years in Nashville, but also had some very tough times.

He said he considered retiring after his rookie year. He got hurt his second year. He was benched for Kerry Collins his third year. And then after a game against the Redskins last year, he threw his shoulder pads into the crowd after getting booed and got into a shouting match with head coach Jeff Fisher, an incident that led the Titans to announce that they would cut ties with him after the season.

Earlier Friday, when word filtered through the team that a Young acquisition was likely, Vick spoke out strongly in favor of the move.

“You’ve got to go out and get the best player, no matter what anybody is saying about them,” Vick said. “You’ve got to give yourself the best chance of winning. So go out and get the best players and give them a chance to compete each and every Sunday.”

Vick said head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped him become a much more effective quarterback than he was in Atlanta, could have the same influence on Young.

“It’s going to be a positive effect,” Vick said. “I think Vince will mature as a player, and I think he’ll get better. (Being in Philadelphia) will help him long-term. So get him in here and make him a better player, and if we ever need him, he’s there for us. If you have a roster full of good quarterbacks, then you have a great chance of winning.”

Information provided by csnphilly.com

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Matt Hasselbeck Reaches Deal With Titans

The Tennessee Titans swooped in Wednesday on Matt Hasselbeck, reaching agreement with the free-agent quarterback on a multiyear contract, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Hasselbeck spent the past 10 seasons with theSeattle Seahawks, and the Titans are hoping he can bring stability to the position and work with rookie Jake Locker, the No. 8 overall draft pick.

Veteran Kerry Collins retired three weeks ago, and the Titans plan to trade or release Vince Youngbefore training camp opens Friday.

Free agents aren’t allowed to sign contracts until Friday, and terms of Hasselbeck’s agreement were not available.

“I think it’s a good move,” Titans wide receiver Damian Williams said Wednesday. “Obviously, we’ve got a bunch of young guys with Jake and Rusty (Smith) and they’re not quite acclimated. We’ve got a brand new system, so to bring in a veteran that knows how to adapt quickly I think that’s a good move. Those guys can have someone to learn from.”

The Seahawks reached a deal Tuesday with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, a clear sign they were moving on without Hasselbeck. Back in January, coach Pete Carroll pronounced that re-signing Hasselbeck was Seattle’s No. 1 priority, but the two sides could not reach an agreement before the 4½-month NFL lockout.

During the 2010 season, the 35-year-old Hasselbeck played in 14 games, throwing for 3,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and 17 interceptions while completing 59.9 percent of his passes. Originally drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the 1998 draft, the three-time Pro Bowl selection has 29,579 yards passing, 176 touchdowns and 128 interceptions while completing 60.1 percent of his passes in 12 seasons.

Hasselbeck comes to Tennessee already familiar with Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt, who worked in the Seahawks’ front office before joining the Titans in 2007, and Locker, who played for the Washington Huskies.

“From college to the NFL is a big adjustment,” tight end Jared Cook said. “To have somebody to learn under, especially somebody as experienced as Matt Hasselback, I think is going to benefit all our quarterbacks.”

In the post-lockout rush to complete rosters, the Titans needed to sign nine draft picks, including Locker, work to keep some of their own free agents and possibly add a veteran defensive tackle, linebacker and safety. They agreed to terms with 14 undrafted rookies Tuesday.

The challenges don’t end with signing players, either. The start of training camp will mark the first time players get to work out with coach Mike Munchak and a staff of new assistants.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.