NFC North Rivals – 5 Questions with SideLion Report

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Why did the Lions let Willie Young get away in free agency?

Dec 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young (79) before the game against the New York Giants at Ford Field. Giants beat the Lions 23-20. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

"I wouldn’t call Willie Young a big free agent departure, just more of a minor inconvenience to the defensive line depth. I have liked Willie since the Lions drafted him in the 7th round in 2010, but overall he has disappointed me. He had a nice grade in pass rushing from Pro Football Focus, but only recording 6 career sacks in three seasons while in a scheme that is very friendly to defensive ends isn’t sufficient. He can help Chicago’s run defense, but don’t depend on him in key pass rushing situations."