Rams cut ties with WR Young
FEB 15, 2013 1:36p ET
Coach Jeff Fisher said Friday the Rams picked up Young before they had much time to do any background checks. He concluded that Young was "not the best option" for the Rams.
"We saw Titus as an outstanding young player," Fisher said. "We spent time with him, we spent probably four or five days with him. We decided it was best for us to go in a different direction."
Young was banished three times by the Lions last year because of his behavior, including once for punching teammate Louis Delmas. He recently lashed out at the team on Twitter, posting "If y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of the threats."
Still, the Rams felt Young, a second-round draft pick in 2010 out of Boise State, was worth a look. Young caught 48 receptions with six touchdowns as a rookie, but his production dropped last year to 33 catches and four touchdowns.
Fisher said the decision to waive Young had nothing to do with the player's health.
"We claimed him so we could have his undivided attention," Fisher said. "We went through an extended interview process."
The Rams could be thin at wide receiver with Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson unrestricted free agents. Fisher said he wasn't concerned about depth with a young core including Chris Givens and Brian Quick, both coming off rookie seasons, and Austin Pettis.
"There's options out there," Fisher said, adding it would be a "great draft" for wide receivers.
Fisher said he'd like to sign Amendola, an unrestricted free agent, and running back Steven Jackson. Jackson, coming off a franchise-record eighth straight 1,000-yard seasons, has until March 12 to void his contract and the sides have not met.
"Oh yes, we've got a number of unrestricted free agents on our roster that we want back, and Danny would be one of them, `Jack' would be another," Fisher said. "We've got plenty of time. The process is ongoing. We're communicating with their agents and so on and so forth."
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