Retooling Lions release Vanden Bosch, Peterman
Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions continued their early offseason roster purge on Tuesday, with the team informing both veteran defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and starting right guard Stephen Peterman of their release.
The decisions come one day after the Lions placed wide receiver Titus Young on waivers following a turbulent season for the 2011 second-round draft pick.
Vanden Bosch's departure was fully expected with the 34-year-old coming off a drop in production this past season and set to cost more than $10 million against the salary cap in 2013. The energetic lineman managed just 3 1/2 sacks -- less than half of his 2011 total of eight -- along with 36 tackles while starting all 16 games last year.
The 12-year pro signed with the Lions prior to the 2010 season after a successful five-year stint in Tennessee, where Vanden Bosch played under then- Titans defensive coordinator and current Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz.
The Lions will save $5 million towards next year's cap with the move.
Peterman, who was due a $2.65 million salary, started all 49 games (including one playoff test) at right guard for Detroit over the past three seasons and had been with the organization since 2006.
Young was cut loose on Monday, the first day the troublesome wideout was eligible to be waived. The 23-year-old did not play in the Lions' final six regular-season contests as a result of a series of incidents that included a sideline altercation with former wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson in a Nov. 11 loss to Green Bay.
02/05 16:38:08 ET