Cleveland Browns: Working Out Vince Young is Act of Desperation, Not a Solution

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COMMENTARY | Working out Vince Young is an act of desperation by the Cleveland Browns, not a solution to their long and painful search for a franchise quarterback.

Tony Zarrella of 19 Action News reported on Monday night the team was bringing in Young for a workout on Tuesday.

But I shouldn't have to tell you Young is no savior, you already know. He has never been a consistent option for any franchise behind center. After sitting on the couch during the first seven weeks of the season, he's not going to morph into a different player who propels the fading Browns back into contention in the AFC North.

What you may or may not know, though, is that the Browns' 2013 season went out the window when Brian Hoyer was hit by Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso on Thursday Night Football a couple of weeks ago.

Hoyer's awkward slide, ensuing hit by Alonso and torn ACL shattered the hopes and dreams of the win-now mentality by a fan base that hasn't seen a watchable product on the field since what was nothing short of a fluke 10-6 season in 2007.

After dealing Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts--a move I applauded--for a second first-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the new Browns regime has the ammunition to draft a quarterback who can hopefully turn the team into a perennial winner.

And they might not be done making moves. Multiple teams are interested in trading for gifted but troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon, and two have offered a high draft pick plus an undisclosed player in attempts to entice the Browns to pull the trigger, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Keeping him comes with some risk, though. The athletic and large wideout is one mistake away from receiving a year-long ban by the NFL. With the Browns slumping, work ethic questions have begun to peak their ugly heads.

His performance against the Green Bay Packers in Week 7 looked uninspired and his body language has been questionable since Brandon Weeden regained the starting job.

Weeden's struggles and Gordon's off-field issues are seemingly taking their toll on the receiver who the Browns selected in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft. Would a change of scenery help him play to his potential? Would it ultimately help the Browns in the long run or is he too talented to let go, no matter the price?

If the Browns added a third first rounder to their arsenal to ensure they get the quarterback they covet next April, you'd have to imagine they at least entertain the offer.

For now, the Browns organization looks like its heading back to a familiar position: playing for draft position.

Whether or not Young works out and makes the roster, it's irrelevant. Winning now is important, but none of Weeden, Young and Jason Campbell really gives the team the ability to contend.

They might not intentionally be "tanking" the season--as many thought after they traded Richardson--they just don't really have a choice at this point.

We all wanted to believe the now 30-year-old Weeden could progress in his second season in a more favorable offensive system designed to his strengths. He hasn't. He doesn't get rid of the ball quickly enough, throws with no touch, and is erratically inaccurate.

It's time to accept losing, again, for now, and look to the future. And it's a bright future. We've seen how good the Browns can be with a decent quarterback.

Mike Hoag is a freelance sports reporter who covers the Cleveland Browns for Yahoo Contributor Network. He also co-hosts the weekly Dawg Pound Central podcast on the Pro Football Central Radio Network. Follow him and the show on Twitter at @MikeHoagJr and @DawgPndCentral.

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