According to NFL.com, Rob Parker (formerly of ESPN) reported that wide receiver Titus Young is expected to be released by the St. Louis Rams just days after he was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Lions. After all of Young's past problems, it would be shocking if he's given another chance.
Jim Thomas of the St.Louis Post Dispatch has also confirmed Parker's report:
League sources have confirmed earlier reports out of Detroit that Young will be cut by the Rams — just nine days after being claimed on waivers by St. Louis from the Lions.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, in an unrelated press conference today, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said, "We felt Titus is better suited for another organization.”
That quote is a warning that will be heard around the league. If a team who clearly needs wide receivers is giving up on Young so soon after acquiring him, there is no way another team will want to risk disrupting team chemistry.
While Young's transgressions have been documented numerous times, his talent was obvious on the field—perhaps allowing teams to be more forgiving for his past problems. It appears this is not the case anymore.
Thomas lists out some of the serious issues that occurred with Young when he was with the Lions.
Among Young’s indiscretions last season in Detroit, he:
• Sucker-punched teammate Louis Delmas during volunteer workouts.
• Had a meltdown in a Nov. 18 game versus Green Bay, purposely lining up in the wrong spot in an effort to get the ball thrown to him. This spilled over into a sideline argument between Lions wide receiver coach Shawn Jefferson and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, the former Rams coach.
• Asked to be released via his Twitter account. He tweeted on Jan. 25: “If y’all going to cut me, let me go. I’m tired of the threats.”
In Young's two years in the NFL, he played in 26 games, had 81 catches for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns. These statistics could end up being his final career statistics as well.
It's interesting to note that Fisher worked with Lions head coach Jim Schwartz when they were with the Tennessee Titans and they remain close friends. I'd be surprised if Fisher and Schwartz didn't discuss Young's behavior and attitude.