Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) lines up during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Lions 34-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions inform WR Nate Burleson that he’s being released Thursday

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.

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.

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  • noBuddy

    Nate Burleson wanted to renegotiate his contract. He wanted to stay. Unfortunately, the Players Association negotiated a minimum salary for NFL veterans and it’s scaled to the number of years you have in the league, which made Nate too expensive to keep. The Lions were around 10 million over the cap going into free agency because Ndamuhkong Suh’s contract was about to kick in. The Lions will miss Burleson. It will be interesting to see if they can replace his production and leadership.