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Kyle Vanden Bosch is done in Detroit

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The Lions aren’t wasting any time when it comes to clearing out their roster after Monday’s start to the period when teams can make moves involving players already on their roster.

Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the team has informed defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch that he will be released. The news comes on the heels of word that guard Stephen Peterman got the same message and a day after the team washed its hands of the headaches provided by wide receiver Titus Young.

Vanden Bosch’s departure was expected. He was set to count for $10.7 million against the cap in 2013, far too much for a player who produced just 3.5 sacks during the 2012 season. Vanden Bosch signed a four-year deal with the Lions in 2010 and produced 12 sacks over his first two seasons with the team before his production slipped this season.

His departure comes just as Jim Washburn arrives in Detroit, robbing Vanden Bosch of a chance to reunite with the position coach who helped him develop into a strong pass rusher in Tennessee almost a decade ago. It also means that the November page in the Lions 2013 calendar will celebrate a player no longer on the team.

The Lions could use some of the savings toward keeping impending free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, assuming they don’t decide to move in another direction altogether at the position.

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27 Responses to “Kyle Vanden Bosch is done in Detroit”
  1. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 5, 2013 3:13 PM

    I always hated VanDenBosch in Tennessee. Back then, that dude’s motor NEVER stopped!

  2. lilpuppy says: Feb 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    sad to see him go as his work ethic was second to none , but father time wins as always and he looked like the shell of his former self . Thanks for the time spent and signing with us when nobody would even think of it

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:16 PM

    The Lions are one of those teams that will simply never win a Super Bowl.

  4. goraidersgospurs says: Feb 5, 2013 3:19 PM

    If the price is right I would like him in oakland!!!

  5. vikefan says: Feb 5, 2013 3:20 PM

    thats too bad, he’s been playing like he was done 5 years ago, rest of NFC north will have to adjust

  6. motorcitym says: Feb 5, 2013 3:22 PM

    I was hoping that KVB would just retire. Thanx for the leadership and locker room presence the past 2 years!

  7. theuglitruth says: Feb 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    I still remember the Lions celebrating the 2010 NFL draft. They opted not to trade up to grab Patrick Peterson and they got Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure, and Titus Young. Now it seems, not paying what the Cards wanted wasn’t such a terrific move after all. Peterson is attending his 2nd Pro Bowl…for the Lions, the only serviceable player left from those top 3 picks is Nick Fairley. What a mess!

  8. godevilsasu says: Feb 5, 2013 3:28 PM

    I REALLY hope they can bring him back for the vet minimum if he’s willing to do so. His one of the few leaders the Lions have and a motor that doesn’t quit.

  9. fievel03 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:32 PM

    Seriously wonder if he’ll transition to coach. He was a leader on the field in a uniform, will he continue to lead in a polo shirt and clipboard? And will he still wear the contacts?

  10. ravenmuscle says: Feb 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    Funny how the Lions have bigger cap problems and many more older players than the Ravens BUT they haven’t won diddly…and are now totally dismantling their team.

    Tells you what Ozzie and DeCosta mean to the Raven organization.

  11. normdogg says: Feb 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    The Lions 2013 calender is pretty useless. Titus Young is on the cover, and the January guy was Aaron Berry.

  12. detroitsports1234 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:41 PM

    The Lions should release Jim Schwartz also

  13. bartlettruss says: Feb 5, 2013 3:46 PM

    You gotta love how fast they got rid of Titus Young though… even gave it a day to sink in before giving everyone else the heave-ho…

  14. lambeauphan says: Feb 5, 2013 3:49 PM

    the packers should scoop him, would already be an upgrade for the D Line

  15. buddysguys says: Feb 5, 2013 3:52 PM

    that calendar is ruined

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 5, 2013 3:55 PM

    Aww No more red contact lenses?

  17. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 5, 2013 3:59 PM

    That rids the Lions defensive line of probably the only solid character guy who can play (when he’s healthy).

  18. liondriven says: Feb 5, 2013 4:05 PM

    Hey

    kyle…thanks!

    One of the Best Lions ever!

  19. onefamrecords says: Feb 5, 2013 4:11 PM

    Come over to the bay to play along side with Justin Smith and help one of the top defense bring yhe lombardi trophy back to frisco.

  20. jimmysee says: Feb 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    Titus Young was the *number one* drop.

    Before anyone else.

    That was meant to send a message.

  21. dabutcha114 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    Welcome to the Raiders!

  22. kriswd40 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:38 PM

    Not surprising. A few years ago he was all over the field. this last season he just looked done.

  23. mattwpearson says: Feb 5, 2013 4:41 PM

    Love to have him back with a workable contract!

  24. primetime0552 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:48 PM

    theuglitruth says:Feb 5, 2013 3:26 PM

    I still remember the Lions celebrating the 2010 NFL draft. They opted not to trade up to grab Patrick Peterson and they got Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure, and Titus Young. Now it seems, not paying what the Cards wanted wasn’t such a terrific move after all. Peterson is attending his 2nd Pro Bowl…for the Lions, the only serviceable player left from those top 3 picks is Nick Fairley. What a mess!

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    Shwartz and Mayhew have both said they tried to trade up to draft Patrick Peterson. They said it shortly after the draft…..Leshoure is very serviceable to play the position he was drafted for, short yarddage/goal line. They just need to find that speed back to compliment him.

  25. thingamajig says: Feb 5, 2013 6:29 PM

    Wasn’t Kyle the only Lion without an arrest record?

  26. mungman69 says: Feb 6, 2013 4:25 AM

    Jim Washburn is in Detroit? Oh my God.

  27. mungman69 says: Feb 6, 2013 4:41 AM

    Jim Washburn will tear that team apart. What, is Matt Millan back as GM?

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