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Lions place second-round tender on Willie Young

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The Lions could have a vastly different look at defensive end next season. Detroit released veteran end Kyle Vanden Bosch earlier in the offseason, and Cliff Avril and Lawrence Jackson are slated to become unrestricted free agents.

However, you can just about pencil Willie Young onto the club’s DE depth chart for 2013. The Lions have given him the second-round restricted agent tender, a decision that likely keeps him in Detroit. The move was reported by Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.

The 27-year-old Young has never started an NFL game, but the Lions clearly like the potential of the 2010 seventh-round pick. A bigger role appears within his reach.

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10 Responses to “Lions place second-round tender on Willie Young”
  1. delions00 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:48 PM

    Easily the worst management decision of the offseason.

  2. essentialsausage says: Mar 12, 2013 2:50 PM

    And if someone does take him, the Lions get a second round pick. Good deal.

  3. Just a Fan says: Mar 12, 2013 3:01 PM

    Good play…at least he knows the system. Hope they can get Osi on the cheap. Or Conner Barwin.

  4. johnnycash19 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    delions00 says: Mar 12, 2013 2:48 PM

    Easily the worst management decision of the offseason.
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    It only cost 700k more to place the 2nd round tender on him. If they placed the 7th round tender on him, he probably would have signed somewhere else for a lot more money and the only thing the Lions would have gotten was a 7th round pick.

    I would rather spend the 700k to know you either have your player, or you have a 2nd round pick.

  5. lionsmark09 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    It might take him a few games to get going but this guy will be good. He won’t be a starter anyways. Ronnell Lewis has more potential and they will sign and draft a DE.

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    I guess the Lions are the masters of scouting the low-profile players despite being amongst the worst at evaluating the high profile players. At least we are good at something?

    I hope they didn’t place any tags or tenders on any of the scouting or mngmt staff.

  7. tigers182 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:13 PM

    johnnycash19 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:03 PM
    If they placed the 7th round tender on him, he probably would have signed somewhere else for a lot more money and the only thing the Lions would have gotten was a 7th round pick.
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    Dude is 27 and has a 3 career sacks and 25 career tackles. How would he sign for “a lot” more money anywhere?

  8. moeman79 says: Mar 12, 2013 3:21 PM

    Who?

  9. hyzers says: Mar 12, 2013 3:52 PM

    moeman79 says:
    Mar 12, 2013 3:21 PM
    Who?
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    A 7th round pick who has been Cliff Avril’s backup since he was drafted. Notable play includes tossing Tyron Smith with one arm flat onto his back en route to sacking Romo, sealing the Lions win over the Cowboys.

  10. funktron2x says: Mar 12, 2013 4:07 PM

    Smart move. He has flashed some serious ability in reserve role, and this is a relatively inexpensive setup with protection if someone jumps on him

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