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Lions sign Vanden Bosch to four-year deal

Jim Schwartz’s trip to Kyle Vanden Bosch’s house has paid off.

Schwartz, the Detroit Lions’ head coach, showed up at the front door of the Vanden Bosch residence just after midnight, and before noon Vanden Bosch had agreed to a four-year contract to join the Lions.

Vanden Bosch, who spent the last five seasons with the Tennessee Titans, confirmed the deal in a radio interview with 104.5 in Nashville. It’s reportedly a four-year, $26 million deal. There’s no word on how much of that money is guaranteed.

It’s interesting to note that Schwartz, who previously served as the Titans’ defensive coordinator, made such an aggressive move to sign Vanden Bosch. A year ago, when another former Titans defensive lineman, Albert Haynesworth, was on the market, the Lions didn’t show any interest at all. Perhaps Schwartz knows something about the practice habits of Vanden Bosch and Haynesworth and thinks Vanden Bosch is the kind of player his team needs, while Haynesworth is the kind of player his team can do without.

The 31-year-old Vanden Bosch was one of the league’s top defensive ends while playing for Schwartz, but last season Vanden Bosch recorded just three sacks in 16 games.

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17 Responses to “Lions sign Vanden Bosch to four-year deal”
  1. Big Stretch says: Mar 5, 2010 11:24 AM

    Schwartz will get that D to produce now the Lions just need to figure out a way to give Stafford more than 2 seconds to throw it, and maybe open up a hole or two (that’s what she said) in the running game and maybe they can have a winning season.

  2. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 5, 2010 11:26 AM

    um well did u figure that Lions did not want up to put the $100 milli it would’ve had to use to Albert?

  3. GiantsDefenseRules says: Mar 5, 2010 11:29 AM

    So they sign Vanden Bosch….good move
    Possible trade for Corey Redding from Cleveland…good move
    and at #2 they can take Suh ro McCoy…..
    That was a quick rebuild of their deplorable defensive line!!!!
    That’s what happens when the Schwartz is with you Detroit!!!

  4. titan87 says: Mar 5, 2010 11:34 AM

    KVB you will be missed!

  5. TEXANS84 says: Mar 5, 2010 11:35 AM

    I am happy.
    -Matt Schaub-

  6. BroncoBourque says: Mar 5, 2010 11:39 AM

    My guess is that Schwartz knew that Haynesworth was going to want/get a huge contract that wouldn’t be worth for the Lions to even consider. Vanden Bosch on the other hand is getting reasonable contract that is a lot easier to justify for a losing team.

  7. Pearl Jam Rocks says: Mar 5, 2010 11:43 AM

    Way Way over raided what did he do any the fat guy left the middle last year???

  8. thegoldengod says: Mar 5, 2010 11:44 AM

    worthless speculation on Haynesworth PFT. Haynesworth was looking for bigtime $ and getting interest from the Skins, Bucs, and Titans…I’m sure the Lions would have been right at the top of his list. Maybe Schwartz just knows when not to waste his time.

  9. toonster says: Mar 5, 2010 11:46 AM

    I think it’s possible that Schwartz knew about their habits, but the money can’t be ruled out. The Lions were/are rebuilding, and paying that sort of dough to Haynesworth would be foolish.
    With KVB and Corey Williams, they’ve made some nice upgrades to their DL. Assuming Suh or McCoy joins, that’s a solid front. These moves could also allow them to look another area, but drafting a guy like Okung ahead of Suh/McCoy would seem … risky.

  10. AbeFreshly says: Mar 5, 2010 11:57 AM

    “Perhaps Schwartz knows something about the practice habits of Vanden Bosch and Haynesworth and thinks Vanden Bosch is the kind of player his team needs, while Haynesworth is the kind of player his team can do without.”
    Objection, your honor. Speculative, & inflammatory.
    Objection sustained.

  11. Franchise says: Mar 5, 2010 12:07 PM

    Good moves on the D line, but they STILL need help on the O line.
    Burleson deal was terrible.

  12. TiceWasBetter says: Mar 5, 2010 12:16 PM

    So, if Favre comes back will he have to worry about Vanden Bosch punching him in the balls with his helmet ala Gus Frerrote??

  13. oraph says: Mar 5, 2010 12:22 PM

    well looky here.. so without Haynesworth there.. Vanden Bosch’ had 3 sacks… in the exact same system.
    Face it, may be he is just not that good.. something kittens will find out the hard way.

  14. Meldog says: Mar 5, 2010 12:28 PM

    At “Pearl Jam Rocks”.
    “Way Way over raided what did he do any the fat guy left the middle last year???”
    What the hell is the matter with you?

  15. footballisfun says: Mar 5, 2010 12:45 PM

    “Pearl Jam Rocks says:”
    “Way Way over raided what did he do any the fat guy left the middle last year???”
    Could you please translate that in to English?

  16. Milky32 says: Mar 5, 2010 1:08 PM

    As a life long Lions fan (insert insults here) I’m happy as hell that they are making an effort to improve what has been an awful Dline. Signing KVB and trading for Williams is a positive move in an effort to bring along SLH and possibly McCoy or Suh…
    In regards to signing Burleson, what people are failing to understand is that they are only FORCED to pay him 11 mil for about 2 years…if it doesn’t work out, they cut ties. If he excels, as I believe he should opposite Calvin with Pettigrew over the middle, then it’s a great deal. Not much to lose for a player in his prime.
    Having said all that, I still hope they use 6 out of their 7 draft picks on defense…with that other pick going to a LT. Oline HAS to protect our 70 million dollar man!

  17. clint_taurus says: Mar 5, 2010 1:20 PM

    “Perhaps Schwartz knows something about the practice habits of Vanden Bosch and Haynesworth and thinks Vanden Bosch is the kind of player his team needs, while Haynesworth is the kind of player his team can do without.”
    absolutely…
    and yes, the money was a factor in that Swartz knew that Fat Albert wouldn’t be worth a third of what he was going to get on the open market…
    instead he got to sign a reasonably-priced hard-working vet who will bring a great work ethic to a rebuilding team and can be effective if used correctly

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