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We’ve all heard about the midnight free agency raid by head coach Jim Schwartz on DE Kyle Vanden Bosch’s home where he and the missus were plied with wine until Vanden Bosch signed on the dotted line.
So, how did KVB become the “mane” man on a defense that looks like one of, if not the best in the NFL?
KVB (I hate spelling out those weird Dutch names, so just deal with it.) was a quasi first-round draft pick by Arizona in 2001. He was actually drafted 34th overall.
Exactly like a first-round pick, only different. That’s what Mel Kiper says.
KVB played well enough, but in 2003 he suffered a torn ACL. While he saw action in every game in 2004, it was clear that KVB would take more time to recover that the Cardinals were willing to spend.
Add to his slow recovery the fact that KVB was in a contract year. This double whammy sealed his fate as a square peg.
Letting go of KVB turned into one of a long litany of bone-headed moves made by a bone-headed organization, the Arizona Cardinals.
KVB signed with the Titans in 2005 and promptly earned his first of three Pro Bowl invites. He played (and still does play) like a player whose ass is on fire until the whistle blows.
After the 2009 campaign, KVB decided to test the market as an unrestricted free agent. His talent was peaking, and he’d just earned a third trip to the Pro Bowl.
Tennessee is one of the more miserly organizations in the league unless your name is Chris Johnson.
The Lions offered a four-year, $26 million contract to KVB, who would join fellow Cornhusker Ndamukong Suh and his former defensive coordinator, Jim Schwartz.
In Vanden Bosch’s case, it was the Titans that got square pegged.
Next up: The Square Peg Brigade Review.
Mike Sudds is a Syndicated Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Mike is also an analyst and correspondent for DraftTek.com.