Steinberg and Young weren't immediately available for comment Wednesday.
But I'm told Young convinced Steinberg he has the proper perspective to attempt to resume his football career. And that perspective includes Young being OK with the very likely possibility that no NFL team would be interested in signing him, thus he'd be willing to play professional football in another league.
While there has been speculation about Young possibly trying to come back in The Spring League, a new, four-team pro league starting in April, there might be good reason to keep an eye on Canada as a landing spot for Young.
Two weeks ago, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League picked up Young's CFL negotiating rights, according to 3downnation.com ( http://3downnation.com/2017/02/02/riders-add-former-nfl-star-vince-young... ). Young's CFL rights had been with the Montreal Allouettes through 2015. Young had previously not shown a willingness to play in the CFL, according to sources close to the situation.
When CFL free agency kicked off on Tuesday, Saskatchewan, which finished 5-13 last season, made a major splash by signing OT Derek Dennis, who was named the league's most outstanding offensive lineman for 2016 with the Calgary Stampeders. The Roughriders allowed the second-most sacks in the CFL last season (57). Former Texas Longhorn Kennedy Estelle started 10 games on the offensive line for Saskatchewan last season.
The Roughriders are also debuting a $278 million renovation of their home field - Mosaic Stadium - in 2017. With the high-level success of NFL QBs in their mid-to-late 30s (see Super Bowl 51), could a plugged-in, focused, 33-year-old Young end up being part of the Roughriders' attempt to sell tickets and excitement in their shiny new home?
Young has been out of football since he retired from the NFL in 2014 with a career record of 31-19 as a starting QB, Pro Bowl appearances in 2006 and 2009 as well as Rookie of the Year honors in 2006 after being selected No. 3 overall by the Tennessee Titans.
Following his NFL retirement, Young was hired into a $100,000-per-year job as a development officer, helping to raise money, in UT's Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Young has also served as an analyst on the Longhorn Network.
Young pleaded no contest to a January 2016 DWI charge and was sentenced to 18 months probation, a $300 fine and 60 hours of community service.
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