The tough thing about the NFL is that it is a business. At the end of the day, if you don't live up to your contract, chances are you will be without a team and without a job. This is the reality of professional football, as evidenced by the Detroit Lions deciding earlier this week to release three players.
One of the players let go was defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who was signed back in 2010 to help lead a culture change. His leadership was valued, as was his play on the field. His leadership is still valued, but his play isn't nearly as much. As a result, the Lions decided to part ways with Vanden Bosch and his large cap number. This surely wasn't an easy decision, just as it probably wasn't easy for Vanden Bosch to find out he's being let go. Even so, he is handling the situation very well, and he told the Lions' official site that he has no hard feelings toward the team.
Kyle Vanden Bosch comments on being released by Lions
Pride Of Detroit | Feb 7