Lions continue cap purge

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions released two veteran starters Tuesday, cutting defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and guard Stephen Peterman.

Vanden Bosch signed a four-year contract with Detroit worth $26 million when he arrived as a free agent before the 2010 season. He quickly earned respect in the locker room, but the price tag may have been too high this year for the 34-year-old.

Vanden Bosch was set to make $7 million in 2013. The team can shave just under $5 million of his projected $10.6 million cap hit by releasing him before a $2 million roster bonus is due next month.

Vanden Bosch has earned three Pro Bowl selections in 11 NFL seasons. He had 15 sacks in 43 games for Detroit and started all 16 games last season.

"Heard they just (released) the one guy that took me under his wing, a great teammate, a great person, my brother KVB," Lions defensive end Cliff Avril posted on Twitter. Avril signed a one-year franchise tender before last season, so it's not clear whether he'll be back either.

Peterman, who turned 31 last month, started all 48 regular-season games for the Lions over the past three seasons, along with their playoff game at New Orleans in January 2012. Detroit saves approximately $3.5 million against the cap by releasing him.

The Lions went 4-12 last season. They released wide receiver Titus Young on Monday.

Information from ESPN.com NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert and The Associated Press was used in this report.