Cleveland Browns sign quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen as well as linebacker Zac Diles

CLEVELAND - The Browns have signed free agent quarterback Vince Young, who hasn't played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011.

The Browns also signed linebacker Zac Diles and quarterback Tyler Thigpen..

Young was given a tryout this week at Browns' three-day minicamp and showed enough to earn a deal. The team also signed quarterback Tyler Thigpen.

The 30-year-old Young made two Pro Bowls during his five seasons with Tennessee, which drafted him with the No. 3 overall pick in 2006.

Young last played for Philadelphia and is 31-19 as an NFL starter. He spent parts of the past two preseasons with Buffalo and Green Bay. The 6-foot-5, 229-pounder will move into a backup role behind Brian Hoyer, who is expected to begin next season as Cleveland's starter.

The Browns are likely to use a high draft pick on a quarterback next week.

Thigpen started 11 games for Kansas City in 2008.

Houston’s seventh-round selection (218th overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft, Diles spent his first four seasons (2007-10) with the Texans before signing as an unrestricted free agent with St. Louis in 2011. Released at the end of 2011 training camp, he spent most of that year in Tampa Bay before finishing the campaign with the Colts.

In seven seasons, Diles has played in 69 games with 31 starts. He has 1.0 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Thigpen, a 6-1, 216-pound signal-caller from Coastal Carolina, is a seventh-year veteran. Selected one slot ahead of Diles in the same 2007 NFL Draft, 217th overall by the Minnesota Vikings, he spent all or parts of his first three NFL seasons (2007-09) with the Chiefs. In 2011, Thigpen started 11 games, the most extensive action of his career, completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,608 yards, with 18 TDs and 12 interceptions.

Traded to Miami early in the 2009 season, he played for the Dolphins through 2010, then spent the 2011-12 seasons as a reserve with the Buffalo Bills.

In six NFL campaigns, Thigpen has a 72.5 passer rating. In 29 games, including 12 starts, he’s completed 275-of-509 passes for 3,222 yards, 21 TDs and 18 interceptions.


The quarterback is a product of Fairfield Central High School in Winnsboro, S.C.


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