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Detroit Lions Inform Nate Burleson that he’s Being Released


Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) gets away from Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Dashon Goldson (38) during the third quarter at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit for this photo goes to Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions have informed wide receiver Nate Burleson that he’s being released today:

"The Detroit Lions have informed wide receiver Nate Burleson that he’s being released today. The move saves about $5.5 million in salary cap room but leaves the locker room short a leader.“It’s a hard decision for them to make, but I can’t blame them for making it,” Burleson said.He still intends to play in 2014."

As Birkett said, the move clears $5.5 million worth of salary cap space, and with the team hoping to sign defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to a new deal. Suh is scheduled to make more than $12 million next season and has a $22.4 million cap charge, so the Lions need to shed some unesscarry contracts in order to have enough cap space to work on a new deal.

Burleson, now 32-years-old, has missed 17 games the last two seasons because of injuries. He returned to the team in December after missing seven games and finished the year catching 39 passes for 461 yards and one touchdown. He spent four seasons in Detroit after spending the previous four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

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