Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) celebrates his touchdown during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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Detroit Lions can use NFL draft, free agency to fill new openings
Dave Birkett – Detroit Free Press

Wide receiver and safety arguably were the Lions’ thinnest positions before the team released Nate Burleson and Louis Delmas on Thursday.

But with Burleson and Delmas officially free agents, the Lions should have plenty of potential replacement options in the draft and, depending on how much they want to spend, in free agency.

Column: Detroit Lions’ roster shakeup was inevitable
Kyle Meinke –

There were better offensive players than Burleson, and there were better defensive players than Delmas. But those two were the emotional centers of their units, particularly on Sundays.

And now they’re both gone, cut Thursday during the first major wave of roster moves since the hire of Jim Caldwell.

Brandon Pettigrew: What the Lions Should Do with the Tight End
Jeff Risdon – Bleacher Report

One of the many decisions facing the Detroit Lions this offseason involves tight end Brandon Pettigrew. The erstwhile starter is an unrestricted free agent and his return to the Motor City is questionable.

The answer to the question of whether to bring Pettigrew back should be a definite “no.”

While Pettigrew has not been bad, he’s only sporadically lived up to expectations as the 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft.

Predicting Detroit Lions’ 5 Biggest Free Agency Moves
Brian Kalchik — Rant Sports

The Detroit Lions have already started their 2014 offseason. Just today, the Lions released veterans Nate Burleson and Louis Delmas, saving nearly $10 million in salary cap space. This added money will be used to re-sign some of Detroit’s high-priority free agents and to sign some veterans that can help the team in its quest to win the NFC North.

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