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By PFW staff

The Titans will trade or release QB Vince Young, owner Bud Adams said Wednesday.

"As you are aware, we have been engaged in a series of internal discussions over the past month about the future of our football team," Adams said in a team-issued statement Wednesday. "We have two critical decisions to make — the direction of the coaching staff and the future at the quarterback position. They are separate issues to me and will be dealt with separately.

"Today, I informed our general manager Mike Reinfeldt to move forward with plans to begin the process of identifying the next quarterback for our franchise. He will inform Vince Young's agent that Vince will not be on our roster next season. I want to offer my personal thanks to Vince for all of his positive contributions to the club. These kinds of decisions are never easy and this is especially true for this particular player. I certainly wish that things would have worked out better, but I think it is best for the franchise that we move on at this point."

Of Titans head coach Jeff Fisher's future with the club, Adams said: "I also informed Jeff (Fisher) today that I was continuing the evaluation of the coaching staff and I am hoping to make a decision soon."

Reinfeldt issued the following statement on the decision to move on without Young:

"I talked with Vince's agent Tom Condon today and informed him that Vince will not figure into the club's plans for next season. Under league rules, Vince's contract cannot be terminated until Feb. 7, when waivers begin for the new season. Similarly, he cannot be traded to another club until trading begins on the first day of the league year. Until then, Vince is welcome to rehab his injury either here at our facility or elsewhere.

"I let Mr. Adams know that we will explore all of the options that are available to us to solidify the quarterback position for the upcoming season."

The Titans' decision to trade or release Young was first reported by PFW Titans correspondent Jim Wyatt of The (Nashville) Tennessean.

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Young flashed promise at times in his Titans career, earning Pro Bowl honors as a rookie in 2006 and leading the Titans to the playoffs the following season. However, he was injured in the season opener in '08 and lost his starting job to Kerry Collins. He would regain the job after Tennessee started 0-6 in '09 and led the Titans to an 8-2 record down the stretch.

The Titans started fast in 2010, but they slumped after a 5-2 start, losing six consecutive games. Young suffered a thumb injury in an overtime loss to Washington on Nov. 21, their third loss in a row in the sequence, and after the game, Young, reportedly upset that Fisher didn't put him back in the game, walked out of the locker room. Fisher, angered by the incident, announced Young was no longer his starting quarterback, and it was clear the relationship between quarterback and head coach was likely beyond repair.

The way we see it

With the Titans deciding to cut ties with Young, the focus turns to whether Fisher, the NFL's longest-tenured coach, is retained for 2011 and beyond. There is also the matter of how the Titans will proceed at quarterback. With no obvious long-term replacement for Young on the roster, the Titans now appear to be players for a starting passer, whether via trade, free agency or the draft.

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