Titus Young makes another dumb move, future with Lions in doubt
As if being considered a near lock to be cut two years before his contract expired wasn't enough, Young decided to run his mouth a little bit via Twitter on Tuesday. "If I'm not going to get the football I don't want to play anymore," Young said. He has since deleted that tweet - maybe the smartest thing he's done since being drafted by the Lions - but you can still see some of his other tweets lobbying for more looks, such as "I'm a team playa that just loves the football," and "It's true I could be alot better, but wit the football."
I guess Young didn't realize that players who were suspended at the end of the season shouldn't be whining about their targets on social media during the offseason. The Lions are a team littered with character concerns, so letting a guy like Young stay on the roster seems to be a terrible idea. It would send a message to the other players that the team tolerates misbehavior, which would only make the team's locker room issues worse.
Head coach Jim Schwartz has already responded to his troubled receiver's recent tweets, saying, "This is a pretty good example of a not so good idea."
The only hope Young has of remaining on the roster is if fellow wide receiver Ryan Broyles struggles to return from his torn ACL. Young proved to be an expendable talent, topping 35 receiving yards only once in ten games. Broyles, a rookie in 2012, topped 35 yards five times in the seven games he played as a constant presence in the offense - and in one of the games that he didn't reach 35 yards, it was because he was forced from the game with a torn ACL.
Broyles was a younger, more effective player than Young last season. There's no reason to keep a head case who averages 38.3 yards per game on your roster. Though Lions' general manager Martin Mayhew has said that Young's 2013 status with the team has "not been decided," it's hard to picture him playing in Detroit next season.