Is Titus Young worth claiming?

February, 4, 2013
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The Kansas City Chiefs will have an interesting decision to make in regards to their first experience with the top waiver claiming priority in the NFL this offseason.

One of the first day of offseason, Detroit cut troubled but talented receiver Titus Young. The 2011 second-round pick has 81 career catches, but he has several issues in Detroit, including punching a teammate and then being told to stay away from the team because he purposely lined up wrong in a Week 14 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Because of his ability, several teams will likely seriously debate claiming Young, especially since his contract is manageable. But his issues are serious enough to create concern. The Chiefs will be the first team to make the decision on Young. Because they had the worst record in the NFL, they have the first waiver claim priority in the league. If the Chiefs want a waived player, they will get him.

The Chiefs can use more talent at receiver, especially with Dwayne Bowe set to be a free agent. But I’m not sure Young is worth the risk. The Chiefs have to also consider that they need to develop 2011 No. 1 pick Jon Baldwin.

He has had some attitude issues as well dating back to college. Teams usually don’t like loading up on too many of those players, especially at the same position. Multiple problem players can soil a meeting room pretty quickly.

As the Andy Reid era begins, adding a player like Young could be more trouble than it’s worth.

The three other AFC West teams could all use a receiver to a certain extent. I think San Diego has the best need of the group, but Young’s off-field issues will likely also cause them to pause.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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