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Nate Burleson agrees to restructured contract with Lions

Nate Burleson AP

The Detroit Lions have spent most of the off-season so far trying to create space under the salary cap.

The Lions have released defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, Stephen Peterman and Titus Young and restructured the contract of center Dominic Raiola to give the team some salary cap relief.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, wide receiver Nate Burleson has also agreed to restructure his contract to stay with the Lions.

The Lions were close to the salary cap before making the moves and have given themselves some cushion to work with. With the team also looking to work out a long-term deal for quarterback Matthew Stafford, it allows the Lions some added flexibility before talks begin with Stafford’s agents this week at the NFL combine.

Burleson is coming off a broken leg suffered last October. Prior to his injury, Burleson had caught 27 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns this season.

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10 Responses to “Nate Burleson agrees to restructured contract with Lions”
  1. tyler4richardson says: Feb 22, 2013 12:38 AM

    Great move. Paves the way for Titus Young to get a pay raise.

  2. norvturnersneck says: Feb 22, 2013 1:25 AM

    Burleson injured?! Isn’t that redundant?

  3. thesmartestmanever says: Feb 22, 2013 1:27 AM

    I guess playing opposite of megatron doesn’t leave a ton of space at the negotiating table. Oh well take what you can get.

  4. butlers91 says: Feb 22, 2013 6:31 AM

    I like him , and am glad he is staying. We need more leadership guys like him.

  5. lionsdraftguy says: Feb 22, 2013 7:38 AM

    Very unselfish move from a team-first guy. Though it wont provide a whole lot of cap relief, some is better than none.

    The big part is Suh’s contract. Coming from the biggest Lions fan on the planet, I can tell you right now Suh will not be a Lion after 2014. There is no way the team can afford what hes going to ask. If Mayhew was smart, he would act now. Hate to say it, and I love Suh, but it is true. Any REAL Lions fan knows this.

  6. gbmickey says: Feb 22, 2013 8:21 AM

    Must be tough for Lions fans coming off a last place finish in the division right into cap trouble.

  7. mark921129 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:35 AM

    Step by step, Mayhew is positioning the Lions to be a player in free agency. Now, let’s see what he can do with this new found cap space….

  8. cwhat32 says: Feb 22, 2013 8:40 AM

    Good news. Nate is not a pro bowl receiver, but will get 700yds, 5tds as a #2, which the Lions desperately need. He especially excels at lining up in the correct position.

  9. mark921129 says: Feb 22, 2013 11:11 AM

    Lionsdraftguy, i agree he needs to go, however the cap hit to trade this year is brutal.

  10. purpleguy says: Feb 22, 2013 11:27 AM

    I hope his restructured contract didn’t give any further incentives for speaking to the media, or the Lions’ cap ramifications would be catastrophic.

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