Kyle Vanden Bosch learned the business side of the NFL early on in his 12-year career, so with a cumbersome cap figure and declining production Vanden Bosch knew what he was in for when he was summoned to the Lions’ practice facility to meet with general manager Martin Mayhew last week.
Released by the Lions on Tuesday, Vanden Bosch said he has no hard feelings toward the organization that made him a priority free-agent acquisition three years ago. In fact, the 34-year-old said Lions coach Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and defensive line coaches Kris Kocurek and Jim Washburn will be at his wedding next month, and it won’t be the least bit awkward.
“Not for me,” Vanden Bosch told the Free Press. “I consider them friends, that’s with all of them. And anytime I get an opportunity to attend a Lions game I’ll always be the biggest Lions fan.
“Really, my whole experience just from the players I got to play with and the respect I got from my teammates and from the fans – the fans have been tremendous – and the coaches. … Sometimes you work at a place and there’s people you don’t get along with, people you don’t like, but truly the relationships are what I’m going to miss.”
The Lions began what promises to be a thorough off-season roster cleansing Tuesday, releasing veteran starters Vanden Bosch and Stephen Peterman a day after cutting troubled receiver Titus Young.
The moves save the Lions about $8.5 million in cap room and put them under next year’s projected cap of $121 million.
Vanden Bosch, who was due a $2-million roster bonus in March and a $5-million base salary for 2013, said he knew his release was a possibility after the season.
A fixture at right defensive end since he signed a four-year, $26-million deal in the spring of 2010, when Schwartz visited his house at midnight to convince to come to Detroit, Vanden Bosch had 12 sacks in his first two seasons with the Lions but just 3 ½ last year.
Vanden Bosch says no hard feelings after being cut by Lions
Detroit Free Press | Feb 6