Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and wide receiver Titus Young during happier times. / Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports
Titus Young dared the Detroit Lions to get rid him.
"If y'all going to cut me let me go," he tweeted late last month. "I'm tired of the threats."
The Lions have obliged.
The team announced his release Monday, thus ending the 2011 second-round pick's rocky tenure with the team that included a few unofficial suspensions over the past year.
Young, who had 48 catches for 607 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie, got off to a terrible start with the Lions in his second year. Well, off the field anyway. He got into a fight with safety Louis Delmas in the spring, which resulted in his being away from the team's facility for a week.
In November, Young was deactivated because he lined up in the wrong spots on a few plays, according to coach Jim Schwartz, who called the behavior "unacceptable." Lions center Dominic Raiola was even stronger with his words, using a vulgarity in reference to Young.
Eventually, Young was placed on injured reserve with a knee issue that would likely require surgery.
"Unless he doesn't show up for it," Schwartz quipped.
Young has ability, which means he'll find a new home this offseason. When he does, it'll be with a team that will tell him right off the bat he'll be on a short leash.
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