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:
The fans, players and staff know how vital KVB was to the turnaround on our team and the growth of our dline. His leadership was huge…
— Lawrence Jackson (@LoJackson94) February 5, 2013
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:
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
— Stephen Tulloch (@stephentulloch) February 5, 2013
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:
Heard they just release the one guy that took me under his wing, a great teammate, a great person, my brother KVB…
— Cliff Avril (@cliffavril) February 5, 2013
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:
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.
— SammieLeeHill (@SamMoi91) February 5, 2013
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.