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Detroit Lions will have to decide on Titus Young before the draft

Posted Jan 4, 2013

General manager Martin Mayhew said he had a "great" conversation with Titus Young on Wednesday and that the second-year receiver, but said it was too early to tell if Young would be back for a third season with the team.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said there was a window for receiver Titus Young to return to the team next season in his end-of-the-year press conference on Monday.

Wednesday, Young was at the team's practice facility for his exit physical.

General manager Martin Mayhew said he had a "great" conversation with Young and that the second-year receiver also met with Schwartz, but said it was too early to tell if Young would be back for a third season with the team.

"You know what? I think it's hard to say right now," Mayhew said. "There's a lot of time between now and when he has to come back. I think there's a lot that has to happen between now and then. We'll decide that at the appropriate time, but we haven't decided that at this point.

"I think it has to be the right situation for him and for us. We'll have to decide if that's what it is."

Titus Young was sent away from the team three times last season, starting in spring workouts after he allegedly punched teammate Louis Delmas. He was sent packing again in November after being insubordinate and lining up wrong in a loss to the Packers.

He left the team a third time, and was ultimately placed on injured reserve (knee), after returning to practice a couple weeks later and not taking full advantage of the second opportunity given to him, Schwartz said at the time.

"If it was just based off this year you might not consider bringing him back," Mayhew said. "But if you go back to 2011 and you look at his ability to function in this offense, his ability to get along with his teammates, the production that he gave us as a receiver, he's demonstrated the ability to be a very productive player in this league.

"I think he really had a lot to offer in 2011 and was one of the reasons why we were able to win 10 games. So he's shown that he can be a productive teammate and that he can be a good teammate. He's shown that and he's also shown that he can be difficult to work with so we'll figure it out."

A second-round pick out of Boise State last year, Young has 81 catches and 10 touchdowns in 26 career games.

Young has proven he can be a compliment to Calvin Johnson, and his absence would leave a void on the outside the Lions would need to address this offseason.

Mayhew said he'd have to decide on Young's future before the draft.

If young were to return, it would be interesting how that would be received in a locker room that had obviously grown tired of his antics but he end of the season.

"There's ways that can be done, but like I said, we're talking about something that is three or four months from now," Mayhew said. "A lot has to happen between now and then. I think that's one of the things (earning teammates' trust) that has to happen."