For the St. Louis Rams, Titus Young represented a low-risk investment.
For the NFL’s other 31 teams, he was trouble not worth their time.
It only takes one team to give a player a chance and that is what Young has right now – a chance. The Rams claimed the volatile wide receiver off waivers and why not? St. Louis, once again, is in need of a major overhaul at the position this offseason. The former second-round pick, who was cut by the Detroit Lions after a series of missteps, has the ability to help the Rams. Coach Jeff Fisher has not shied away from character risks in the past and he’s done well with some.
Danny Amendola, the Rams’ best wide receiver, will be an unrestricted free agent and Brandon Gibson will also be a UFA.
Young performed as a rookie for the Lions in 2011 when he had 48 receptions for 607 yards and six touchdowns. Things disintegrated in the last year and he was sent away from the team on three occasions.
According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Young is owed a $185,000 roster bonus this season and a base salary of $555,000, so if he doesn’t work out, the Rams can escape with little to no damage.
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