Detroit Lions Players Upset About Kyle Vanden Bosch Being Cut

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On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions continued their salary cap cutting moves by releasing NFL veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch. The move was a surprising one to many of Vanden Bosch’s teammates. Several Lions took to Twitter to voice their gratitude and support.

Defensive end Lawrence Jackson had this to say:

Jackson hits on the fact that Vanden Bosch was brought in to lead the turnaround efforts in Detroit. Vanden Bosch was a team captain and his leadership qualities obviously helped Jackson and others in the defensive end position. Stephen Tulloch added the following:

Tulloch is one of Vanden Bosch’s longest serving teammates. The two played together with both the Tennessee Titans and Lions. Tulloch is one player that could step up into the leadership role on the defensive side of the ball in Vanden Bosch’s absence. This tweet from Cliff Avril comes across as neutral:

 

Avril is one player that the Lions will also be making a decision on for the upcoming 2013 season. Negotiations did not go well with Cliff in 2012 before the team franchised him. This move might have been the tipping point for Avril as a Lion.

Sammie Hill summed it up best with this tweet:

 

I like the fact that Hill called Vanden Bosch the heart and soul of the d-line. This is where the Lions might have made the wrong move.

Vanden Bosch was seen with dollar signs for the Lions management. After a subpar 2012 season, he became expendable for the team. In the last three years, he played in 43 games. His best season with Detroit was 2011, where he had 35 tackles, eight sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovered.

The Lions saved a $2 million roster bonus by cutting Vanden Bosch, but will miss his leadership and ability to coach the defense on the field. The team is now short at defensive end and will be even shorter at role models.

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