The Detroit Lions want to find a way to re-sign defensive end Cliff Avril.
A move that will free up some needed salary-cap room to add Avril and make other moves is pending as the team will release veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today. The move is not yet official.
Vanden Bosch, 34, had 3 ½ sacks this past season and has three years remaining on his contract. He was due to earn a base salary of $5 million in 2013.
Vanden Bosch was a perfect fit for the Lions when coach Jim Schwartz came from the Tennessee Titans, where Vanden Bosch’s career took off. Vanden Bosch had 15 ½ sacks in three seasons in Detroit and was a strong presence in the locker room. It will be interesting to see if he can hook on elsewhere because he is very unlike wide receiver Titus Young, who was bounced on Monday. Young was a clubhouse cancer.
The Lions are also reportedly releasing guard Stephen Peterman.
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