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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.


Posted in Lions Insider Tim Twentyman | 9 Comments »


9 Responses to “Titus Young saga ends with Rams claiming volatile receiver”

  1. By firststrategic on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I realize that Young was a problem child and someone who had to go, but why not put together a package or a trade? I believe the Rams have two #1′s in the upcoming draft. The Lions could have made a trade to move down giving the Rams the #5 pick and Young and get the Lions an extra #1. That would have been a good way to pickup the Center ffrom Alabama and a good DE to replace VanDeBosch.

  2. By Kurt on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    Now he become the player he can be….Just the LIONS luck!

  3. By Clotho on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t think the Rams quite understand what they’re getting here, guess they’re about to find out. I expected at least Jacksonville to make a claim on him considering the state of their offense, but I suppose that speaks to how undesirable he was that even the Jags didn’t want him. Still, Fisher is a hard-line no-nonsense coach, and if anyone can fix Young, it’d be him.

  4. By Jarrod on Feb 5, 2013 | Reply

    So because he got picked up by another team, he doesnt count anything against the salary cap? Please confirm Tim..

  5. By Gordo on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    Fisher is a great leader – and he can handle it. Wish the Lions had that kind of coach. Young wasn’t the only problem.

  6. By Jeff on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    A trade???? Did you read what the report said….the Rams were the ONLY team that wanted Titus.

    Just to bad that this ended the way it did. That was cheap talent right there! Hopefully Broyles can step up.

  7. By Adam on Feb 6, 2013 | Reply

    I think this might be one of those situations where his ego is too big to admit he f’ed up, but hopefully he’ll see this as an opportunity and take the past into account, and bite his tongue and do his best not to create the same problems again… he’s going to have a major chip on his shoulder, so part of his motivation will be just be to prove the lions “wrong” for cutting him. Yeah, just sucks the lions had to be the ones to pick him first… I think they did the right thing to cut him.

  8. By jerry harty If the refs don,t baby rogers,LIONS ROAR !!! on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    scwantz has no control of this team,young is a problem werever he goe,s I predict this will be his last year he is no T>O

  9. By asa james on Feb 7, 2013 | Reply

    Cortland and Titus somebody going to get punched.

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