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Browns sign quarterbacks Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen, plus linebacker Zac Diles

By Nate Ulrich Published: May 1, 2014

Updated at 3:28 p.m.

The Browns are restocking quarterbacks seven weeks after they cut two on the same day.

The franchise signed quarterbacks Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen along with linebacker Zac Diles today, the team announced. General Manager Ray Farmer reset the position to a large extent March 12 by cutting Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell and then announcing the moves about 35 minutes apart.

Young, Thigpen and Diles tried out with the Browns during their three-day voluntary veteran minicamp, which wrapped up this afternoon.

The Browns now have four quarterbacks on their roster and are expected to pick one in next week’s draft. Young and Thigpen will be positioned behind incumbent Brian Hoyer on the depth chart. The Browns also have Alex Tanney, who has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

The Browns have had 20 starting quarterbacks since their expansion season in 1999.

Young, 30, hasn’t played in an NFL regular-season game since 2011, when he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent parts of the 2012 and 2013 offseasons with the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

But the 6-foot-5, 229-pound Young, the third overall pick in 2006 who has two Pro Bowls on his resume, showed flashes of his old self this week. Young has a career record of 31-19 as an NFL starter.

“There were a few [flashes],” Pettine said today after practice. “He took off and ran for a first down. We just finished up a rack of third-down plays here. You could tell he’s very rusty. I was joking with him the other day that it was falling off. Rust was falling off in large clumps. He flashed a couple times. He threw a nice, long ball the other day. You don’t realize how big he is till you stand next to him. We talk about all these 6-foot, 5-11 quarterbacks in this draft, and then he comes walking out and you say, ‘Oh, that’s what they’re supposed to look like.’”

The 6-1, 216-pound Thigpen, 30, was out of the league last season. He spent the 2012 and 2011 seasons as a backup for the Bills. A seventh-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2007, he also has played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins and has a career record of 1-11 as a starter.

The 6-foot, 245-pound Diles, 28, is a veteran of seven NFL seasons. A seventh-round pick of the Houston Texans in 2007, he spent the past two years with the Titans. He has started 31 of the 69 regular-season games in which he has appeared.


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