NASHVILLE — Titans owner Bud Adams says it's time to let Vince Young go and for the franchise to find its next quarterback.
The Titans released a statement Wednesday in which Adams said Young won't be on the roster next season, but he's still evaluating the coaching staff.
"We have two critical decisions to make, the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues," he said.
Adams wanted Young drafted No. 3 overall out of Texas in 2006 and said on draft day that "VY is my guy." But Adams, 88, no longer feels that way.
Young is 30-17 in his five NFL seasons, but only 13-14 against teams finishing a season at .500 or better. He has battled questions over his work ethic, leadership and injuries. He suffered a season-ending right thumb injury Nov. 21, tossed his shoulder pads into the stands and told off coach Jeff Fisher in front of the team before storming out.
Young, 27, told the Tennessean newspaper that he was a little bitter but thanked Adams and Fisher for giving him a chance. He also said he had nothing against Fisher, though he never felt like the coach trusted him.
"Everything was my fault. But that's over now. I wish Coach Fisher and Bud Adams and all my coaches and teammates best," said Young, who is due a roster bonus of $4.25 million in March and an $8.5 million salary in 2011.
League rules prevent Young from being released until Feb. 7, and he cannot be traded until the first day of the league year — an uncertain date because of labor unrest.
Young is welcome to rehab his season-ending thumb injury at the team facility, the team said.
Adams also said he informed Fisher he still is evaluating the coaching staff. The Titans started 5-2 but finished 6-10.
Fisher, the NFL's longest-tenured coach with his current team (16 full seasons), is under contract for 2011 at a tab of $6.5 million, and the Titans will pick eighth overall in the draft.
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