The Associated Press has confirmed that 11-year defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch has been informed by Detroit that he will be released.
In 2010, he signed a four-year deal worth $26 million, and heading into 2013, Vanden Bosch was scheduled to make $7 million (though his cap hit would have cost the team $10.7 million).
After recording eight sacks in 2012, Vanden Bosch's totals dropped to 3.5 this season, and considering the Lions still have to figure out what to do with defensive end Cliff Avril, it probably wasn't a difficult decision to release Vanden Bosch.
Still, that didn't make it easy for Avril to hear.
Heard they just release the one guy that took me under his wing, a great teammate, a great person, my brother KVB...— Cliff Avril (@cliffavril) February 5, 2013