Willie Young has delighted NFL betting fans who follow Detroit by saying he is ready to play a ‘big role’ for the Lions despite the recent uncertainty regarding his relationship with the franchise.
The defensive end lost around half a million dollars on his contract, following an uncertain winter and despite his largely solid form during his three years in Michigan, the Lions have continued to cast doubt over his future, signing free agent Jason Jones and drafting the exciting Ziggy Ansah.
However, there are vacant spots in the Lions line-up following the departure of Cliff Avril to Seattle and the retirement of Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Despite his contract issues, Young is still expected to take on plenty of responsibility in defense in the upcoming season, as at 27, he is the oldest man on the roster in his position.
He will certainly be under pressure though, having failed to make a single sack in the whole of last season, an issue that has plagued him so far in career, after he only made three in the two previous years.
These statistics saw the Lions place a $2.203 million tender on him but the slow market eventually prompted them to withdraw the offer and sign him on a reduced one-year-deal.
Despite the situation, the Floridian is happy with his status at Ford Field and says he is looking to make a major impact in the upcoming season as the Lions seek to upset the American football odds with Paddy.
When asked about what part he expected to play in the upcoming season, he responded: “Real big role. Obviously we lost the two starters: (Cliff) Avril and (Kyle) Vanden Bosch.
“I took everything I could from those guys not knowing exactly how long I was going to be with them. But I took everything I could from them and I look to continue that. I’m going to continue to give my best effort and (see) whatever happens after that.”