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Nov 28, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at Ford Field. Detroit won 40-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions to Release Nate Burleson

The Detroit Lions have started going about their business of clearing some salary cap space and the first casualty is Nate Burleson.

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.

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