Twentyman: Gil Brandt says it might be time for the Detroit Lions to part ways with Titus Young

Posted Jan 31, 2013

Gil Brandt, former Cowboys vice president of player personnel and current NFL analyst, offers his take on the Titus Young situation

Titus Young

Titus Young has put the Lions in a pretty tough spot this offseason.

In one sense, Young has immense talent with loads of potential for a team in need of weapons to surround quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson.

But Young has also been a major distraction over the last 12 months, allegedly starting a fight with teammate Louis Delmas last offseason, and being dismissed in December for conduct detrimental to the team.

He was eventually placed on injured reserve with tendinitis in his knee.

Young didn’t help the situation any last week when he started spouting off on Twitter that he didn’t want to play unless he got the ball more.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said after the season that "a lot had to happen" between now and when Young could return.

And that was before last week’s Twitter rant.

Former Cowboys vice president of player personnel and current NFL analyst Gil Brandt says it might be time for the Lions to cut their losses with Young.

"I think he has ability. I think he has a lot of ability,” Brandt said. “But does ability override distractions that he causes?

“You know, a fellow told me a long time ago, he said, ‘Take your first loss, it’s your best loss,’ and as much as you hate to do that ..."

Brandt pointed to Young’s near year-long suspension as a sophomore at Boise State as the start of red flags that haven’t gone away. He wonders if they ever will.

“I just think you have to understand the magnitude of what Titus Young had at Boise State when he got suspended for the year,” Brandt said.

“Usually, a guy of his ability, gets suspended two games and the first game is against the Little Sisters of the Poor or something like that. I think you knew then that he was a pain in the (butt).”

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz admitted at last week’s Senior Bowl that the team and Young “Obviously still have some ground to cover,” but didn’t shut the door on his return.

It certainly makes sense for the Lions to be coy about their plans in the hopes that they could possibly get something in return for Young.

But Brandt didn’t seem too optimistic there would be a big market in that scenario.

“I don’t think you’d get a sack of beans for him to be honest with you,” he said. “I hope I’m wrong.”