July 22, 2014

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Browns bring in veteran QBs Vince Young, Tyler Thigpen for minicamp tryouts

BEREA — Ten days before they’re expected to add at least one quarterback in the NFL Draft, the Browns brought in veterans Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen.

They were scheduled to undergo physicals Monday and participate in a voluntary minicamp Tuesday through Thursday on a tryout basis, general manager Ray Farmer said this morning at a pre-draft news conference. The draft is May 8-10.

Young, who will turn 31 next month, was the No. 3 pick in the 2006 draft. He’s 31-19 as a starter but hasn’t played since 2011, when he went 1-2 with Philadelphia. He spent 2006-10 with Tennessee.

Young (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) has completed 57.9 percent in his career with 46 touchdowns, 51 interceptions and a 74.4 rating.

“The interest in Vince is that he’s been productive, he’s had success in the NFL,” Farmer said.

Thigpen (6-3, 235) is 1-11 as a starter in a career that has included stops in Kansas City, Miami and Buffalo. He was last with the Bills in 2011-12 but didn’t make a start.

Thigpen, 30, is 6-5, 235 pounds and was a seventh-round pick in 2007. He’s completed 54 percent with 21 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a 72.5 rating.

The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney, who’s never taken an NFL snap. Hoyer is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but Farmer said he’s “fine” and expects him to be ready for the season.

Young and Thigpen have mobility, which Farmer said is a trait new coordinator Kyle Shanahan is looking for at the position. Farmer said the lack of a proper fit in then-coordinator Norv Turner’s offense was the reason Young and Thigpen weren’t brought in last season when they were available and the Browns had a huge need at the position.

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