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Mayhew says Burleson, Williams won’t be cut

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Last week on PFT Live, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press suggested that the Lions could cut receiver Nate Burleson and defensive lineman Corey Williams in order to free up cap space.

On Friday, Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew was clear:  Both men will be back in 2012, at their current salaries.  According to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website, Mayhew said neither man will be cut, and their contracts won’t be restructured.

Per NFLPA records, Burleson is due to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2012.  Williams will make $4.9 million in base salary this season.

And so, if the Lions plan to keep both men and also sign some of their free agents and maybe pick up a free agent or two, they’ll need to extend receiver Calvin Johnson’s contract, in order to knock down that cap number of $21 million.

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10 Responses to “Mayhew says Burleson, Williams won’t be cut”
  1. Exiled1 says: Feb 24, 2012 11:38 PM

    Burleson played pretty well,but $4mil is alot for him.

  2. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 24, 2012 11:53 PM

    If the two continue to underachieve they won’t be cut, “They’ll be severed! Decapitated! Disembowelled! Run through!”…sputtered Martin Mayhem.

  3. cannonballdookie says: Feb 24, 2012 11:59 PM

    As great of a job as they’re doing, it probably doesn’t make the most sense to have 90% of your money tied up in Stafford, Megatron, and the D line.

  4. Soulman45 says: Feb 25, 2012 12:02 AM

    He is really trying to keep this team together no big changes just a few addition.

  5. funktron2x says: Feb 25, 2012 12:15 AM

    I like that despite the FUD being spread about the Lions’ cap issues, Mayhew and company are cool as ice and moving forward.

  6. pc1976 says: Feb 25, 2012 5:26 AM

    Schwartz has done such a great job with the DL. Now he needs to do the same with the OL (and perhaps nab Courtland Finnegan also)

  7. lolb23 says: Feb 25, 2012 8:24 AM

    Why would anyone think Mayhew would cut these guys after only 2 seasons? This ain’t Madden Birkett.

  8. jessethegreat says: Feb 25, 2012 9:23 AM

    Hold out for more money Cal! The Lions deserve absolute cap hell after pushing Barry Sanders off into the sunset without allowing him a chance at a ring.

  9. johnnycash19 says: Feb 25, 2012 10:29 AM

    Hold out for more than $22 million? I cant even describe how stupid that sounds.

  10. cwroses1983 says: Feb 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    Burleson doesnt need to be making 4.1 mill a year. we could get a wr in the draft and move titus to our #2. Or sign Braylon

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