As of yesterday the Detroit Lions released wide receiver Titus Young. Titus Young is a talented receiver and can be explosive in the slot, but as you may know he was released because he has been nothing but trouble for the Detroit Lions. Young was constantly a burden on and off the field for the Lions; there was an incident where he was reported to have sucker punched teammate Louis Delmas during practice. Titus Young was once also accused of lining up in the wrong position on purpose during a game against the Green Bay Packers.
Now with all that stated it seems absurd that any team would take a chance on a player as troubled as Young. Well, not if the team’s owner is Jerry Jones. Jerry Jones is notorious for taking chances on talented but troubled receivers. Take Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant for instance both Dez and Terrell were carrying baggage that made many teams look the other way, but despite the baggage Jones went ahead and signed Owens and drafted Bryant in the 2010 NFL draft. While these were bold moves at the time both moves ended being somewhat solid pick ups for Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.
Despite Owens departure not ending without incident, he produced a solid report with quarterback Tony Romo. Romo and Owens were often connected on deep passes and also in the end zone. As for Dez, he finally got himself together producing 12 TDs with 1382 yards in the 2012 season. However Dez has his fair of issues off the field, including one instance where police reported that Bryant had allegedly physically harmed his mother during a confrontation at home. This incident lead Jerry Jones to assign Dez a body guard which was entitled to watch over Bryant during his time off the field.
Furthermore, Titus Young may cause more bad than good, he has a bunch of baggage but he’s capable of being a force in the Cowboys offense. It’s no question that the Cowboys need help in the receiver position especially with Bryant and Miles Austin constantly getting injured. Titus Young looks great on paper he finished his career in Detroit with 81 catches 990 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons. Yet in this case the negatives may out way the positives.
The drawbacks of hiring a troubled wide receiver like Titus Young are the unpredictability of the player’s personality and the negative effects it will have on the image of the team. In addition having Young and Bryant on the same team would possibly cripple Bryant’s development and may lead to more off the field issues for the Dallas Cowboys. So as hard as it might be for him Jerry Jones should stay away from Titus Young and players with unsettling personal issues.