Titus Young wanted out of Detroit and has wanted out for a while, and now his wish has been granted. The former second-round draft pick was waived by the Lions on Monday and has been claimed today by the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday. But while it didn’t take long for Young to be claimed by the Rams, don’t be fooled by the illusion that YOung was a hot commodity on the waiver wire.
All 32 NFL teams had a chance to place a claim on Young, even if a team ahead of them had already placed a claim. Of all the teams in the NFL the Rams were the only team to put in a claim for the troubled wide out; meaning, while Young is talented, it turns out had the Rams not claimed him, it would have been harder than we thought for Young to find work again in football.
Young nuked bridges in Detroit, refusing to lineup in the proper spot in the middle of a game, thus sabotaging his own team in a nationally televised game. Beyond that, Young was upset over his role with the team and wasn’t patient enough to watch it grow, so he became a problem and was quickly deactivated by Detroit.
The fact that the Rams were the only team to take a chance on Young says a lot about how seriously his behavioral issues are and how detrimental they are viewed towards the growth of a locker room. So it raises more than a few eyebrows that Jeff Fisher, a coach in just his second year with his new team, is bringing in a guy like Young.
There is no denying that Young has incredible talent, but is the risk of poisoning your locker room worth whatever rewards he may bring? Sam Bradford can no doubt use some more talent in his receiving corps and Young can serve as the Rams new return man as well.
We’ll have to see how this whole experiment works out, but Young has to know that he’s on incredibly thin ice in St. Louis.