The love/hate relationship between the Detroit Lions and Titus Young has come to a close. In a surprising move the Lions released the troubled wide receiver today on the first day teams could release players. Here’s a recent tweet from Young:
Oh I’m not done, if y’all going to cut me let me go. I’m tired of the threats
— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 25, 2013
The Lions have stood behind Young despite several team behavioral problems. Prior to the 2012 season, Young was disciplined for a fight with teammate Louis Delmas. Young was benched and placed on season ending injured reserve after lining up wrong on purpose.
In a game against the Green Bay Packers, Titus caught only one pass, despite being thrown the ball six times. In a recent tweet, Titus said he didn’t want to play anymore if he didn’t get the ball more. Titus should have realized that to get the ball more, he needs to try and actually show up to play.
Detroit surprised fans and viewers when they took Young in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Young, a standout receiver at Boise State, dropped on Big Boards due to character issues. Young missed almost an entire year of college football due to a fight with a teammate. The Lions got burnt on the pick in the long run.
In his career with the Lions, Titus played in 26 games. Young had 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns. Young was placed in the perfect situation when Nate Burleson got hurt and Young got his chance to start opposite Calvin Johnson. Titus had one 100 yard receiving game and played well before his behavioral temper tantrums.
The Lions will still pay Titus a $900,000 salary for the 2013 season. The team will not have to pay two bonuses of $185,000 and $50,000.