Who are the Detroit Lions going to release next? That would be defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, according to USA Today's Mike Garafolo. Vanden Bosch is the latest Lions player who has been informed of his release, bringing the total to three since Monday. The Lions previously released wide receiver Titus Young and offensive guard Stephen Peterman.
The move to release Vanden Bosch saves the Lions around $5 million in cap room for 2013. He had a big cap hit for this year thanks to restructuring his deal in the past, and while he will still have a notable cap hit despite not even being on the team, this was another necessary move for the Lions. They need to create cap room, and Vanden Bosch's play in 2012 just didn't justify keeping him around in 2013.
Vanden Bosch ended up spending three seasons with the Lions. He joined the team back in 2010, and his signing was viewed as a sort of culture change for the Lions. Vanden Bosch deciding to play for the Lions was noteworthy enough, and his never-stop-working attitude resonated with the rest of the team. Say what you want about his ineffectiveness last season, but you can't say Vanden Bosch didn't work hard. For that, I thank him for his time in Detroit.
Generally speaking, this simply reaffirms the Lions' need for help at defensive end this offseason. Vanden Bosch is gone, and Cliff Avril is unlikely to be re-signed. This means that the Lions are likely going to be in need of two new starters at defensive end, which is my top position of need for the Lions.