Martin Mayhew says Titus Young "really didn't have any trade value"

Posted Feb 7, 2013

GM Martin Mayhew says his decision to cut Titus Young was best for the team

Titus Young

Some fans have wondered why the Detroit Lions didn't hang onto troubled receiver Titus Young and try to get something for him via trade instead of just releasing him, which they did Monday.

"He didn't really have any trade value," Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said today. "I didn't talk to anybody, I didn't call 32 GMs and try to get a seventh or anything like that. It's my job to know sort of what his value is, and he didn't have any trade value."

The Lions had finally had enough of Young's antics and they didn't want him to be a distraction -- or a potential embarrassment -- moving forward. It's really as simple as that.

Young first made headlines in May for punching teammate Louis Delmas during off-season workouts. He was then benched for a week after he purposely lined up in the wrong spot in a loss to Green Bay. He was sent home for the final time when he returned after Thanksgiving and remained a distraction.

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz said Thursday that Young's Twitter rant last month "probably didn't have a ton to do with" his release, but rather an accumulation of a lot of things.

"It didn't work out here not because of ability and talent," Schwartz said.

"We obviously went through a lot," Schwartz continued.

"We had our incident last spring, we took quite a few steps there and he came back onto the team and was fairly productive and wasn't a distraction. And then we had a couple other incidents and kept him away again, and then he came back and we still had other incidents and at that point it was done.

"But we certainly exhausted all of our resources in trying to keep him productive and keep him in a team mode, but it wasn't successful."

Young was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the St. Louis Rams, who were the only team to put in an offer, according to reports.

While cutting Young seemed to be an easy decision, Schwartz said that wasn't the case for cutting veterans Kyle Vanden Bosch and Stephen Peterman.

"Two guys that have been warriors for this franchise and have been a big part of this team going from 0-16 and getting to the playoffs a couple years ago," Schwartz said.

"There are hard decisions. Not every decision is about performance, not every decision is about money and salary cap, but that is part of this business now and we certainly have a lot of respect for what those guys have accomplished and wish them both the best."

All three cuts saved the Lions about $8.5 million of cap space and put them under next season's projected salary cap of $121 million.