No one questioned running back Jahvid Best’s ability when he was well. But the Lions could no longer wait on that to happen.
The team announced they were cutting the 2010 first-round pick Wednesday, putting a sad end to a career cut short by concussions.
One of the Lions biggest on-field problems last year was putting too much faith in Best’s ability to return from those problems. He was effectively replaced this offseason when they signed Reggie Bush, and while they kept holding out hope he could return, that clearance never came.
“I want to thank the Detroit Lions organization for drafting me and giving me an opportunity to fulfill my dream and play in the National Football League,” Best said in a statement released by the team. “My time as a member of the Lions was a very special time in my life. My teammates, the members of the organization, the Lions fans and the people of Detroit will hold a special place in my heart. I’ll always be a Lion.”
Best played in just 22 NFL games, and none since October 2011.