Titus Young released by the Detroit Lions

Posted Feb 4, 2013

Tim Twentyman reports the Detroit Lions officially cut ties with Titus Young after a short - and tumultuous - two-year relationship

Titus Young

The Detroit Lions have had enough of wide receiver Titus Young and his antics, cutting ties with the second-year receiver on Monday.

The decision to release Young ends a short - and tumultuous - relationship between he and the team.

Young's behavior and attitude last season put the franchise in a bad position - one that ultimately led to today's decision. It started last spring when Young allegedly punched teammate Louis Delmas, which resulted in Young leaving the team for a short time.

He was banned from the team two more times during the regular season; once in November for intentionally lining up wrong in a game vs. the Packers and for insubordination, and again when he didn’t sufficiently take advantage of the second chance afforded to him when he was allowed to return from that dismissal.

Young was ultimately placed on injured reserve because of tendinitis in his knee.

Young made the situation worse last month when sent out a number of Tweets on his official Twitter account.

• "Oh I'm not done, if y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of the threats."

• "Never have I ran the wrong route, just put my self where the ball was going."

• "Like I said I never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football I don't want to play anymore."

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz addressed the Tweets down at the Senior Bowl last month, saying:

"Every offensive player wants the football, and there is good ways to go about getting that and there's not so good ways trying to get that done, and this is a pretty good example of not so good idea," he said.

"We've obviously still got some ground to cover there."

The Lions had left the door open for Young’s return ... or at the very least kept their options open in terms of seeking a trade.

But with Young not having much value because of his recent behavior, the Lions have decided to simply cut their losses.

Young will have a cap hit of a little more than $900,000 in 2013, but the Lions obviously feel that’s worth the loss of a distraction.

They'll also save on a $184,666 reporting bonus Young was due this year, as well as a $50,000 workout bonus.

The Lions took Young in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the idea that he could be the No. 2 receiver to help take some of the pressure off All Pro Calvin Johnson.

Young showed promise at the end of the 2011 season recording six touchdowns in the team’s last nine games.

In the end, though, Young thought he was bigger than the team.

With his release Monday, the Lions made it clear that is not the case.