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Lions Wrap Up: Titus Young picked up, Peterman and Vanden Bosch let go

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It has been a busy week for the Detroit Lions, and it is only Tuesday. Yesterday, the Lions cut ties with troubled wide receiver Titus Young,  today sees the release of team leader Kyle Vanden Bosch and offensive guard Stephen Peterman.

The moves seem to be the first moves of many in trying to restructure a lack luster team that ended the 2012 season 4-12 after coming off their first playoff appearance in 12 years in 2011. While the moves come quick on the heels of the end of the season, they do not come unexpected.

Titus Young Sr. had his twitter tirade, his on and off field antics (He was sent home by the organization three times in a seven-month span starting last May, when he punched teammate Louis Delmas during off-season workouts.) and then there was the lining up and running the wrong routes thing.

Team officials had attempted to get Titus Young Sr. some psychological help, even went so far as to set up appointments with a psychologist, however Young never showed. Former coaches reached out and tried to reel him in, to no avail. He was given every chance to redeem himself, and he chose to continue his destructive actions.

“I have been told that the organization has pleaded with Young to get help,” beat reporter for the Free Press Chris McCosky wrote. “They have set him up with therapists. He has not cooperated.”

E.C. Robinson, Young’s high school coach, said Young came to his house on Christmas and the two talked about his problems with the Lions.

“He did tell me he thought he was just as good Megatron,” Robinson recalled late last month. “I said, ‘Titus, come on.’ I said, ‘Come on, man. Who you talking to?’ I said, ‘Come on, you’re as good as that guy? This guy is the real deal.’ And he really believes this. And he was sincere about it. ‘Ah man, I’m better than him.’ I said, ‘No you’re not. Be real man. Come on.’ So I don’t know, I’m hoping for the best for him.”

 

Now it seems,  Young has been signed off waivers by the Saint Louis Rams. Good luck with that Saint Louis.

KVB and Peterman presented almost as easy a decision, but without the theatrics (Red Eyes not withstanding). Vanden Bosch had seen dwindling numbers  - ending the 2012 season with only 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks and no forced fumbles (in 2011 he had 26 tackles, 8 sacks 4 forced fumbles), but most of all it was a financial decision. KVB was set to receive a $2-million roster bonus in March and a $5-million base salary. His release saves the Lions about $5 million cap room.

Lions Teammates react to the release of Kyle Vanden Bosch

Peterman, the Lions starting offensive guard for the last 3 years, was due a $500,000 roster bonus in March. His departure could be the start of a major overhaul on the offense line. The Lions will have decisions to make at right tackle, where Gosder Cherilus is a free agent, left tackle, where Jeff Backus turns 36 in September, and center, where Raiola carries a $6-million cap figure. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to think that the only player out of them to return would be Gosder Cherilus, but that all depends on how serious Martin Mayhew really is about overhauling that O-line.

Rob Sims will return at left guard and Riley Reiff most likely will see one of the Tackle positions – which is the strongest sign that Backus has played his last game in Detroit. Fox (T), Bill Nagy (G or C) undrafted rookie Rodney Austin (G) and Gandy (C) will have to step up to fill any holes not filled in free agency or the draft.

Mayhew said after the season that the Lions allowed too much interior pressure, which contributed to Stafford’s struggles at quarterback.

When asked how different his offensive line could look next season, Lions coach Jim Schwartz said at the Senior Bowl last month he was “prepared for a lot of different ways.”

“We have developed some pretty good players there and we have some good players in the pipeline,” Schwartz said. “If we think the best course of action is to go there then we’re prepared for that.”

 

h/t : freep.com mlive.com nfl.com

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20 Comments

  1. Mario Pages

    February 5, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    hard to see Peterson go out and it will be hard to see backus too if he gets the boot but its what needs to be done

  2. JR Carclay

    February 5, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Good riddens!

  3. Nate Harding

    February 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    It’s Peterman not Peterson

  4. Barry Bryan Seymour

    February 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    the rams are dumb too they picked up titus young wow

  5. Isaac Miller

    February 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Young Haha. I’m better than Megatron. Haha. Kid drinks some good koolaid. High on himself. Even his old coach is like Get Real kid. That’s Megatron

  6. Jonathan Gallagher

    February 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Lets hope so!

  7. Mike Powell

    February 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Thank God Titus is gone. What a douche that guy was/is. Hopefully the Lions can make a splash in free agency and put together a decent draft class to fill these holes.

  8. Brandon McKinney

    February 5, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    It’s easier to fix a character issue than a talent issue. There’s no doubt that Titus had talent, but if no team can fix his diva-like attitude, then he’s just a waist of money and media coverage. That being said, I’m so glad that assclown is gone.

  9. Danny Walker Jr.

    February 5, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Raiola and Backus can go. But you better have a plan to replace them.

  10. Patrick Sporka

    February 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Hopefully

  11. Cory Cothron

    February 5, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Try and go for Dashon Goldston if not then try Michael Johnson or Bryant McKinnie

  12. Detroit Sports Nation

    February 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Ya know, I wrote peterman a hundred times today. Have no idea why I did that.

  13. Nathan Seely

    February 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    anyone else feel like we lobbed a grenade into the stl locker room with that discard/pickup? haha… good luck fixing that dog brained punk!

  14. Benedict Torre

    February 5, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Peterson will be missed! LOL

  15. Benedict Torre

    February 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    But for real. He’s a great guy. Peterman and his family are nice ppl.

  16. Detroit Sports Nation

    February 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    You have no idea how mad it makes me to not be able to edit facebook posts ~JB

  17. James LaMotte

    February 5, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out Titus. Jerk. Terrell Owens wannabe.

  18. Dan Finley

    February 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Hopefully just Raiola

  19. Vinny Stubbs

    February 5, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    cut raiola

  20. Eric Eazy E Posa

    February 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

    i think we can all laugh at saint louis matt millen must’ve been hired as gm sunday or monday becuase to pick up a bum like young before the draft before fa starts and before guys are released later in august is a joke

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