The Detroit Lions, aside from their hiring of new head coach Jim Caldwell, are making their most significant move of the offseason on Thursday as they have informed veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson that he will be released.
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
With the move, the Lions will clear about $5.5 million in cap space, which the team desperately needs, and for as well as Burleson has played for the offensive unit in Detroit, he hasn’t been consistently healthy enough to warrant keeping around.
In the last two seasons, Burleson has missed 17 games while battling injuries, and in speaking of the move, he seems to completely understand why he won’t be in the Motor City come the 2014 campaign.
“It’s a hard decision for them to make, but I can’t blame them for making it,” Burleson said.
As said in the above tweet, though, the Lions are also losing one of the leaders of this team, something they might not also be able to afford.