Detroit officially released Young on Monday after NFL rosters unlocked following the Super Bowl, but the move had likely been in the works for weeks if not months. Young and the Lions had issues dating back to the offseason. He was sent home from the team during offseason workouts when he punched a teammate. After rejoining the team, Young and the Lions were at odds again late in the regular season when Detroit sent him home once again. Young, who was upset after not getting the ball enough, was sent home for the final six games of the season after he allegedly lined up incorrectly on purpose during a game.
Judging by the multiple Twitter rants Young went on in January, it was evident the Lions and Young were not close to patching up their relationship. On January 22, Young tweeted that he's never been selfish but didn't want to play anymore if he wasn't going to get the football. He followed that up a few days later by tweeting that he was "tired of the threats" and the Lions should just release him.
The Lions thought enough of Young's talent to use a second round draft pick on him, but after his antics far outweighed his on-field production, it doesn't sound like some of his teammates will be sad to see him go. After Young was sent home the second time, Detroit center Dominic Raiola didn't mince words.
"When you act like that, you don't want to be here. What I want is people who want to be here, and I think everybody else wants the same thing," Raiola said, according to CBSSports.com. ""If you don't want to be here, just f------ leave."
Young caught 81 passes for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns during his two seasons in Detroit. As a second-year player, Young will be put on waivers and would become a free agent if he goes unclaimed.