The Lions continue their roster overhaul with the release of DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. Vanden Bosch was signed to a 4 year, $25.75 million dollar contract in 2010 but never was able to give the consistent pass rush that the Lions had hoped for. Scheduled to count for $10.686 million against the salary cap in 2013, his release frees up $4.962 million in cap room for the Lions. Between the release of Titus Young, Stephen Peterman, and now Vanden Bosch the Lions have cut $11,039,666 in cash salary off their team and opened up $9,209,498 in additional cap space.
Will this be the end for the Lions? They have, thus far, focused on releasing players with early season roster bonuses due near the start or free agency. Other players who fit that category would be TE Tony Scheffler and T Jeff Backus who would also bring savings of over $2 million in both cash and cap to the team.
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