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.