Exasperated Lions not ready to say farewell to Titus Young

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Receiver Titus Young's Twitter rant wasn't received well by coach Jim Schwartz. (US Presswire)

It takes a lot to get cut by the Lions.

Coach Jim Schwartz on Wednesday called Titus Young's latest Twitter rant demanding passes be thrown his way, or else he'll retire, “a not-so-good idea.” Schwartz left the door open for the thrice-suspended wideout to return despite Young's repeated insubordinate behavior.

“Every offensive player wants the football, and there's good ways to go about getting that and there's not-so-good ways about trying to get that done,” Schwartz told the Detroit Free Press. “This is a pretty good example of a not-so-good idea.”

“This is sort of the world we live in, with social media and stuff like that,” Schwartz added. “Guys are responsible for what they post, for what they say. You wear your uniform 24 hours a day now. Everybody's aware of that.”

Young wrote on Twitter: “Like I said I never been selfish but if I'm not going to get the football i don't want to play anymore.”

In another post, written from California, he seemed to tease Detroit residents about the cold: “Good afternoon Detroit how is the weather out there today?”

A second-year Boise State product drafted to start opposite Calvin Johnson, Young was not with the Lions for the final six games after he lined up wrong on purpose against Green Bay in November. He sucker-punched safety Louis Delmas in spring workouts and repeatedly has showed up late for meetings.

Schwartz is exasperated, but doesn't seem ready to cut the cord.

“Every player's unique, and every player has different circumstances,” he told the paper. “I think you could go across the league and find a bunch of guys (that have put troubles behind them). But like I said toward the end of the season, that's in the player's court to be able to get that done, and we're going to need to see more signs of that getting done.”

Young, who caught four touchdown passes in 10 games, would be owed just under $800,000 in 2013 if the Lions keep him. He signed a four-year, $4.6 million contract coming out of college that included $1.8 million guaranteed.

Young likely would be in more jeopardy if fellow wideout Ryan Broyles had not torn his right ACL in Week 13. Broyles, who tore his left ACL the year before, might not be ready for the start of the season.

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