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Lions’ Vanden Bosch reworks contract

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Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch has agreed to restructure his contract, saving the Lions $3 million in salary cap room.

Vanden Bosch’s old deal had two salaries left, paying him $5 million in 2012 and $5 million in 2013. In the restructuring, Vanden Bosch dropped his 2012 base salary to $925,000 and got back $4.075 million in the form of a signing bonus. Vanden Bosch lost no money in the deal, but he helped the Lions’ salary cap situation for this season.

The “signing” bonus will accelerate onto next year’s cap, however. Club president Tom Lewand and G.M. Martin Mayhew will decide how to deal with it then. It’s possible Vanden Bosch is playing his last season with the Lions. He is turning 34 in a couple of months.

On Monday, Florio reported that the Lions were just $2.3 million under the cap. Only the Texans had less room.

Vanden Bosch recorded eight sacks and four forced fumbles in 16 starts last season.

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  1. jasons81 says: Sep 6, 2012 9:00 AM

    Vanden Bosch’s greatest gift isn’t something that shows up in a stat sheet. The guy energizes the entire defense and is a natural leader. That’s why Schwartz showed up on his doorstep on the very beginning of free agency. VDB has a lot to do with the Lions’ turnaround on defense.

  2. thekiy says: Sep 6, 2012 9:02 AM

    With the rebirth of Lawrence Jackson and the emergence of Willie Young, I doubt he is back next year with a $5m salary. Millen left us in cap hell anyhow, so this is just one cut we’ll have to make.

    Having said that, sign him as an assistant DL coach the day he retires. He’s been invaluable in the locker room, and guys like Suh, Hill, LoJack and Young all owe him, big-time.

  3. Stupid Lions Fan says: Sep 6, 2012 9:07 AM

    jasons81 says:
    Sep 6, 2012 9:00 AM
    Vanden Bosch’s greatest gift isn’t something that shows up in a stat sheet. The guy energizes the entire defense and is a natural leader. That’s why Schwartz showed up on his doorstep on the very beginning of free agency. VDB has a lot to do with the Lions’ turnaround on defense.

    ————————————

    100% true. Worth every penny. He showed our defense how a professional trains and what it takes to win.

  4. lionsmark09 says: Sep 6, 2012 9:12 AM

    8 sacks and 4 forced fumbles are nice stats. I see him reworking again next year but taking a salary cut for his last year. Next will probably be his last.

  5. dawgsafety13 says: Sep 6, 2012 9:19 AM

    Its sad that the off-field actions of a few tainted the reputation of a team so loaded with stand-up indviduals like this. Stafford, Calvin, KVB, Burleson, etc… even Suh. yes, even Suh is a great person off the field.

  6. tshirttom says: Sep 6, 2012 9:33 AM

    Go out and have a great final year Kyle! Your a shining example for all to follow.

  7. commonsenseescapesyou says: Sep 6, 2012 9:38 AM

    thekiy – Eh. I don’t think this has anything to do with Lawrence Jackson, who is entering the final year of his contract with the team, has a 2012 cap hit of $915k, and is recovering from an ankle injury. He wont be offered a significant long term contract from the team, and will only be retained if he’s willing to take a financial hit.

    Avril and Young are the future at the position, and shedding KVB’s 2013 contract would allow the team to lock Avril up long term while also saving cap space from the 2012 season. Young is a RFA after this season, and will undoubtedly receive a 1st round tender. Ronnell Lewis is an intriguing player: a 4th round pick from this draft, he’s exactly what the team looks for at DE, and would make a great 3rd DE.

    I expect Avril, Young, Lewis and either a late-pick or FA speed DE to be the DE group heading into 2013. Putting those players around Suh and Fairley, and you have an intimidating DLine.

  8. purpleguy says: Sep 6, 2012 9:38 AM

    Seems like a decent guy, but those contact lenses are wierd.

  9. tennesseetitan78 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:11 AM

    I seen him have some great years with the Titans and was sad to see him leave to the Lions. True leader, hell of a guy, with a non-stop motor, and still producing at a high level at 34 yrs old.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Sep 6, 2012 10:16 AM

    Team player. And a boatload of cash upfront doesn’t hurt, either.

  11. commonsenseescapesyou says: Sep 6, 2012 10:29 AM

    Here’s a true fact that will get downgraded by the GB slappies: Vanden Bosch was doing the “belt” before Rodgers was a starter in this league.

  12. liondriven says: Sep 6, 2012 10:50 AM

    Thanks Kevin…

    A consummate professional.

    Kevin will always be thought of as one of the guys who turned around and helped save a franchise.

    The D will always have his back.

  13. m2karateman says: Sep 6, 2012 10:52 AM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Lions extend KVB at the end of the season, but at a lower cap hit, for a couple years. He’ll end up being a backup in the next year or two if they do that. But he’s a team guy, and he knows his time as a starter is coming to an end. If nothing else, the Lions would be smart to get him into a coaching apprenticeship program in the off-season. I think he’d be great at it.

  14. dawgsafety13 says: Sep 6, 2012 12:06 PM

    liondriven says:Sep 6, 2012 10:50 AM

    Thanks Kevin…

    A consummate professional.

    Kevin will always be thought of as one of the guys who turned around and helped save a franchise.

    The D will always have his back.
    __________________________________

    Not enough good things can be said about Kevin Vanden Bosch!

  15. skrappie32 says: Sep 6, 2012 2:22 PM

    The money is not for Avril he was already offered his deal and sut it down the money will go for not only willie young but Delmis as well because both of there contracts are done at the end of this year.
    So is both of the outside linebackers Levy and Derant thats why the lioms drafted both left and right outside line backers in this years draft because with new rookie pay scales now eveyone that is not a big name can be replaced for a lot less money.

  16. shaggytoodle says: Sep 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    They got too much money tied up into the d-line, if they are unable to get pressure, there what appears to be so-so secondary, will have problems covering.

    Thats not good in a passing league.

  17. nflfollower says: Sep 9, 2012 8:58 AM

    Alright guys, how many time are we gonna call him Kevin? The first name is Kyle. Anyway, the fact right now, and I understand he brings a lot of intangibles, guys look to him, etc, but he is our 3rd best DE right now, and LoJack is closing on him for that title. And 5M is a ton of money for your 3rd best DE especially when you have so much money invested in the D line. What this restructuring says to me is that mayhew needs the extra space because hes not an idiot and anticipates needing to add a DB before the trade deadline. Next year, the right call would be not bringing KVB back. I do like the guy, but its financially irresponsible in the cap era, unless he takes a pay cut. He helped pull this team up from the dredges, but now its time to make winning decisions for the franchise, that help us take the next step. See the patriots? They don’t let loyalty to a player keep them from being in the best possible position, they always let veterans go in favor of younger talent.

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