Dec 16, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field.

Lions WR Nate Burleson understands decision to release him


The Detroit Lions made a pair of roster moves releasing both wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas. The move saved the Lions $11.5 million in cap space and given Burleson’s recent injury history it makes a lot of sense, and the veteran understands it.

“I just thought to myself, ‘It’s either, or,’” Burleson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press when he saw the missed calls from the Lions. “Maybe because I prepared myself for both, but I was like, ‘He’s either going to offer me some money or he’s going to tell me it’s been a fun run.’… I finally got up and made the call and the conversation ensued.”

“They probably just thought about the number financially and then probably thought about the season and said, ‘If Nate’s healthy, yeah, he can probably give us 70 to 80 catches, but if he’s not then it’s going to be tough to deal with,’” Burleson said. “I think it hurt the team this year when I went down. You saw a really significant drop in just how we were able to operate as an offense because I was such a big part. But it’s a hard decision for them to make, but I can’t blame them for making it.”

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  • Rufus Truthwright

    yeah, hard decision for the lions. Keep the fool who injured himself crashing his car while getting pizza at 2 in the morning???? what a waste of a free agent signing. I’m sure all other GM’s know what they are getting. Any free agent from the Vikings is a bust. 1) Sidney Rice -hurt all the time horrible contract. 2) Percy Harvin -demands to be top paid receiver in the game, misses (entire) season. Showed up for a couple plays in the super bowl after the Seahawks had already won it. 16$ million huh. ouch. Then Kevin Burleson. Stupid injury, sounds like a cover up, gets coach and everybody else fired. I would rather watch a 7th round pick develop than take a chance on ANY aging WR