Coach Jim Schwartz and general manager Martin Mayhew spoke Thursday for the first time since cutting three starters this week — Titus Young, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Stephen Peterman.
"All of them were tough moves to make, but we are trying to get the best team we can get for the season," Mayhew said. "It was time to make those moves."
Neither would go into much detail on Young's troubles. They said it would be inappropriate since he is now with another franchise (St. Louis).
"We made a big investment in him (second-round pick) and it didn't work out," Mayhew said. "It's time to move on. One of the things we have to do as an organization is to know when it is time to move on and not hold on to a guy too long."
Schwartz said the team exhausted every avenue available to try to make the situation work with Young.
"Not every decision is about performance or salary," Schwartz said. "It didn't work out here but it wasn't because of ability or talent. It was an accumulation of things. We always keep in mind what is best for the team. You can be at peace with any decision and long as you know you are making it because it's best for the team."
Mayhew was asked why he cut Young so quickly, without waiting to see if he could swing a trade.
"He didn't have any trade value," Mayhew said. "I didn't talk to anybody. I didn't call 31 GMs and try to get a seventh-(round draft pick). I think it's my job to know what a guy's trade value is and he didn't have any."
Asked if the experience with Young would make him more cautious about drafting players with character issues in the future, Mayhew said, "We have always been very diligent in researching character and injury situations. We will continue to handle that the same way."
Mayhew said both Vanden Bosch and Peterman were released quickly to give them time to pursue other opportunities.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130207/SPORTS0101/302070462#ixzz2KJqlOLRw
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