Titus Young saga ends with Rams claiming volatile receiver

Posted by ttwentyman on February 5, 2013 – 6:59 pm

If we learned anything Tuesday, it’s that talent will always find a place in the NFL.

Approximately 24 hours after the Detroit Lions released Titus Young, the volatile receiver was claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Rams.

Young will join Rams coach Jeff Fisher, who has had success in the past with troubled personalities such as Pacman Jones, Albert Haynesworth, and most recently, rookie Janoris Jenkins.

The Rams have been searching for weapons to surround quarterback Sam Bradford. With wideouts Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson pending free agents, the move made sense for the Rams with little risk. They’ll pick up Young’s base salary of a little more than $500,000 and a roster bonus of $185,000 if he makes the team. If not, they lose nothing in the deal.

The Lions are still responsible for Young’s bonus amount, which totals a little more than $900,000 for the 2013 season.

According to reports, the Rams were the only team to put a claim on Young.

After catching 48 passes for 607 yards and six touchdown passes as a rookie in 2011, Young’s numbers dipped to 33 catches for 383 yards and four TD this past season.

He’s now the Rams’ problem.

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Teammates react to release of veteran DE Kyle Vanden Bosch

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on February 5, 2013 – 5:24 pm

Kyle Vanden BoschAs Tim Twentyman said in his story announcing the release of Kyle Vanden Bosch, Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was waiting for the veteran defensive end at the moment the proverbial gong went off signaling the start of 2010 free agency.

Vanden Bosch made an immediate impact on and off the field, starting 43 total games for the franchise and accruing 15.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in three seasons.

His best year with the Lions was the team’s playoff season in 2011 when he finished with 8.0 sacks and four forced fumbles.

Vanden Bosch’s teammates reacted to the transaction on Twitter:

DE Cliff Avril (@cliffavril): “Heard they just release the one guy that took me under his wing, a great teammate, a great person, my brother KVB…”

LB Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch): “I’ve had the honor to have played with Kyle Vanden Bosch for 6 years.He’s a true workhorse.KVB is the example of what being Pro is all about”

DT Sammie Hill (@sammoi91): “They jus let go the heart and soul of the best dline in NFL, been a honor and privilege to play with the greatest leader in my career.”

DT Andre Fluellen (@afluellen96): “Kvb is the best pro I’ve ever been around.”

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