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By PFW staff

Updated 9:53 p.m. ET Friday, July 29

The Eagles remain in the famous backup QB business.

The team announced Friday evening they officially signed Young to a one-year deal. The contract is worth as much as $5.5 million according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Post-lockout rules prevent Young from taking part in practice until Aug. 4.

The need for Young to back up Michael Vick arose when the Eagles dealt Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals for CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in 2012.

The former National Championship-winning quarterback Young has had a mixed-bag career in the NFL, with a winning record (30-17 as a starter) yet also with mediocre passing numbers (42 TDs, 42 INTs). The talented runner and thrower did win Rookie of the Year in 2006, making the Pro Bowl that season as well as in 2009, when he won eight of his 10 starts.

But Young also had various clashes with former Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, who resigned this offseason. Prior to Fisher stepping down, the team announced that Young either would be traded or released this offseason. When there were no takers for Young's salary — he was due a $4.25 million roster bonus had he not been cut — the Titans severed ties.

In Philadelphia, Young will back up Vick, who once backed up Kolb and Donovan McNabb. The latter two were traded; Young likely hopes to take advantage of the Eagles' situation to get himself more money and a better opportunity next year now that the QB situation has started to dry up.

The way we see it

This is a great situation for Young, backing up Vick and being coached by Andy Reid and Marty Mornhinweg, who helped turn Vick's career around. Considering that Vick missed nearly five whole games last season and that Young's intriguing skills could put him on the field at the same time as the starter, Young has a chance to revive his career. The Eagles' offense is loaded with firepower, and he'll be surrounded by a tremendous support staff.

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