The Detroit Lions have started going about their business of clearing some salary cap space and the first casualty is Nate Burleson.
The Lions have informed Nate Burleson he's being released today. Move saves about $5.5M in cap room, leaves the locker room short a leader.
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) February 13, 2014
Many thought that Burleson would simply agree to a reduction in base salary to move his cap number down from $7.5 million. Burleson was reportedly willing but it seems the Lions would rather move on entirely.
Dead money from previous contract restructures means Burleson will still count about $2 million against the Lions 2014 salary cap but they clear an additional $5.5 million in the process. A deal that would have paid Burleson the veteran minimum would have allowed the team leader to stay while still clearling about $4.5 million in cap space. Clearly the Lions believe that $1 million in cap room can be better used elsewhere.
Talk of a reunion later on in the offseason appears unlikely.
There was no talk of a new contract or pay-cut. #Lions just released him and are moving on. Nate will have a new home in 2014.
— Matt Dery (@dery1051) February 13, 2014