Young on Cowboys' radar?

Eagles quarterback Vince Young looks to pass against the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East...

Eagles quarterback Vince Young looks to pass against the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Nov. 20, 2011. (MIKE SEGAR/Reuters)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

TORONTO - Former Texas star Vince Young may end up back playing in his college backyard yet.

The Dallas Cowboys are looking for a veteran backup for Tony Romo and Young, who led Texas to back-to-back Rose Bowl wins in 2005-06, looks to be a likely target.

Speaking with reporters at the Senior Bowl this week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team would like to fill the spot vacated by Jon Kitna with an experienced passer, rather than relying on untested third-stringer Stephen McGee. Kitna was introduced Thursday as the football coach at his alma mater, Lincoln High School, in Tacoma, Wash., settling into a post-football career after 15 NFL seasons.

“We’ll see how it evolves,” Jones said. “We like the progress of McGee. If somebody really has to start taking snaps, you’d like to see a guy with more experience.”

McGee, who Dallas drafted in the fourth round in 2009, has started only one of the three NFL games he’s played. He’s in the final year of his $2.28-million rookie contract.

“What you’d probably be looking at is bringing in a veteran from free agency or a trade. We’ve got to get there quicker than drafting and training a quarterback,” Jones said.

Young is among several quarterbacks set to become free agents March 13, along with former Jacksonville starter David Garrard and Rex Grossman, who spent the last two seasons with Washington.

VEXED REX

Rex Ryan won’t win coach of the year in the NFL and now he admits he probably isn’t even worthy of being coach of the year in his own dressing room.

The Jets’ head coach admits he didn’t realize his team was disintegrating from within. “Our locker room wasn’t as close as it’s been in the past, obviously, but one thing we know is we’re going to fix it,” Ryan said in an interview with ESPN. “There’s things we’re going to learn from. This past season, 8-8 clearly is not good enough. We did have some issues where, obviously, I never did a good enough job of recognizing it and fixing it, but we’re fixing it right now. There’s no doubt about that.”

Those repairs will have to include patching a rift between several players, including receiver Santonio Holmes, and quarterback Mark Sanchez. Media reports have quoted unnamed Jets as saying they would like to see the club sign Peyton Manning.

Ryan, at least publicly, has sided with Sanchez. “It’s about moving forward, put that stuff behind us,” Ryan said. “I can’t talk about Peyton Manning. He’s on some other team right now. But Mark Sanchez is the future of the Jets. He’s a great quarterback ... you look at it: 4-2 in the post-season, 28-20 in the regular season over the three years that Mark and I have been together and we’re going to be together a long time.”

THE LAST OF BEST?

Lions running back Jahvid Best may have played his last NFL game.

Best said earlier this month he had fully recovered from a concussion that ended his season on Oct. 16, just six days after he rushed for a carrier high 163 yards.

But some within the Lions’ organization fear he may not be able to come back from his latest head injury, the second he suffered within two months. It is just the most recent in a series of head injuries Best has suffered dating back to college.

Sources close to Best are concerned about his ability to continue playing without suffering long-term damage.

Officially, the Lions say they expect him to return. Unofficially they know they have to bolster their running game which suffered without Best. So, in case Best can’t return, the Lions spent time at the Senior Bowl interviewing Washington running back Chris Polk, Ohio State’s Daniel Herron and Boise State’s Doug Martin.

ARIANS NOT DONE YET

It would seem reports by Pittsburgh owner Art Rooney of Bruce Arians’ retirement were greatly exaggerated.

Arians, let go by the Steelers over the protests of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, is reportedly joining the Colts as their offensive coordinator.

Hard to figure who is going to be so mad they could stomp bunnies: Roethlisberger over Arians’ departure. Or Peyton Manning about his arrival.

Roethlisberger had invited Arians to attend the Pro Bowl in Honolulu with him. The two are friends and neighbours and Roethlisberger believed the Steelers offence was “really close to being an elite offence. For your leader to be gone is kind of a shocker for us.”

On the other hand, if Arians does take the job he would replace Clyde Christensen, the last tie between Manning and the Indy coaching staff.

Where that leaves Manning is questionable. Where it leaves Roethlisberger isn’t: After Sunday’s Pro Bowl, he’s heading up to see Boss Rooney.

“When I get back I’m going to go up to Mr. Rooney’s office and ask him what he wants from me, what he wants from this offence, because I think that’s a viable question for him,” Roethlisberger said after a Pro Bowl practice. “He’s our owner and our boss, so I really would like to know kind of what he wants and where he sees our offence going because I’d like to tell him where I see us going.”

Not sure where he would like to tell Boss Rooney where to go — but you can probably guess.

JOHNSON MADE TO WAIT

The Buffalo Bills have told the world they want to re-sign receiver Stevie Johnson. But, evidently, they haven’t bothered to tell Johnson, who is one of two high-profile NFL receivers left waiting and wondering.

The other is Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson. The difference is, Jackson has heard from the Eagles. But, maybe wishes that he hadn’t.

Johnson has indicated he wants to stay in Buffalo and the Bills have made noises about wanting to see that happen.

“But we have had no contract talks,” Johnson’s agent, C.J. LaBoy said recently. “The Bills have options. They can use the franchise tag on him, they can negotiate an extension, or they can let him walk. It is no secret where Stevie’s heart is, but ... he has to do what is best for his family.”

Meantime, the Philadelphia Daily News reports that Jackson’s “opinion of his worth” is “night-and-day different” from the Eagles’ opinion.

The two sides have apparently made little headway since the end of the regular season. Jackson has said he would be open to playing under the franchise tag but it’s believed the Eagles are unwilling to pay the roughly $9.5 million the tag would guarantee.


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