Source: Lions give Willie Young second-round RFA tender

Posted by ttwentyman on March 12, 2013 – 2:44 pm

The Detroit Lions plan to place a second-round restricted free agent tender on defensive end Willie Young, according to sources. This coming one day after they offered offensive tackle Jason Fox an original-round tender that will pay him $1.323 million in 2013.

If any team wants to put a contract offer in for either player, the Lions will have a chance to match the offer sheet, or receive a second-round pick as compensation in the case of Young and a fourth-round pick for Fox.

Young was originally a seventh-round pick, which is why the Lions must have felt it necessary to bump him up to the second-round level. The highest tender available is a first-round tender at $2.879 million.

Young burst onto the scene in the preseason last year, making impact plays in all four games. He was expected to be a big contributor for the Lions in 2012, but that never fully materialized. He found himself in a reserve role all year and did not record a sack.

But with Kyle Vanden Bosch’s release and Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson set to hit the free-agent market today at 4 p.m., the Lions couldn’t afford to lose a talented rusher in Young, who’ve they’ve developed from a seventh-round pick.

The Lions have also brought in long-time defensive line coach Jim Washburn to help develop their younger talent, Young included. He and Kris Kocurek will share the defensive line coaching duties.

The Lions still have until 4 p.m. to decide on a tender for their other restricted free agent, Amari Spievey.

A starter at safety for most of his first two seasons after making the switch from cornerback, Spievey finished last year on injured reserve, after suffering his second concussion in seven months.

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3 Responses to “Source: Lions give Willie Young second-round RFA tender”

  1. By Black Wolf Standing on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I feel bad for all these guys that got concussions on our team. But I think we need to shed them because once concussed there is a greater chance of a concussion to reoccur. We are strapped for cash and skill. We can’t afford to pay any amount over league minimum for any player that will be injured or a high injury risk going into the 2013 season.

  2. By Don on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I really like Willie Young, He has a great personality, Seems to love Playing the Game, he is Fast, Huge, strong and seems to be pretty smart also, does and can get to the QB and the Dude likes to go fishing.
    The Problem that I have noticed is that when he get’s to the QB he All way’s seems to grab them with a Horse collar( FLAG) or get’s a hold of their Face mask ( FLAG)!.
    A great way to get him over this Problem is to give the man A tackling dummy and have him working on Taking his Man out by taking him down in the Mid Section. In Fact Tackling the dummy over and over and over again until he is so sick of tackling that Dummy that he will never Tackle a QB or anyone else unless he takes them down from the Mid section instead of being a head Hunter!
    And with all the emphasis of not taking men or QBs out By way of the skull! This would probably be a great practice for everyone on the Front of the Defense Being that Most of them get a hold of the QB sooner or later!.
    Any ways, Willie, you have the Potential to be a Really Great DE, you just have some skills that you have to hone down and make automatic,Like taking your foe down by the Mid section, And a Little footwork couldn’t hurt either. What I mean by footwork is being able to cut, turn, and spin in and around The O-Linemen that are trying to keep you away from their QBs. I have Noticed that you sometimes get stuck being pushed farther and farther away from the QB running on the outside of your opponent trying to force your way past with your Brut Strength(: !
    So learning a few cut’s Turn’s and spin moves might help to get free from the O-Linemen and onto or better into the QB that you want on the Ground.
    Here I am Again, Long winded! );
    GO GET’em Whompin Willie!

  3. By Dan on Mar 12, 2013 | Reply

    I hate the emphasis on “seventh round pick”, and how he (Young)
    was “shown the light”. You have it, or you don’t regardless of where or how you where drafted.

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