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Lions inform Nate Burleson he’s being released today

Nate Burleson AP

The Lions have made the first big move of their offseason, one that leaves them shorter on offensive options and leadership.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions have informed wide receiver Nate Burleson that he’s being released today.

The move clears $5.5 million worth of salary cap space.

The 32-year-old wideout was a consistent performer for the Lions when well, but missed 17 games the last two seasons because of injuries.

“It’s a hard decision for them to make, but I can’t blame them for making it,” Burleson said.

Burleson should find work in the NFL again soon. If not, there’s always a second career in pizza delivery.

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22 Responses to “Lions inform Nate Burleson he’s being released today”
  1. doctorrustbelt says: Feb 13, 2014 1:56 PM

    Talking/texting, eating pizza, and driving do not mix.

  2. thepftpoet says: Feb 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    Nate Burleson can finally take a positive step in his career.

    Being a pizza delivery boy is a better job than playing for the pathetic Lions franchise.

  3. jwhitejagsquad says: Feb 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    Maybe they’re bringing Titus Young back.

  4. scoops1 says: Feb 13, 2014 1:58 PM

    Jets will take him…..

  5. lionsmark09 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:00 PM

    May be brought back at a reduced rate. Or maybe they have a plan with a younger FA wide out. Stay tuned.

  6. touchdownroddywhite says: Feb 13, 2014 2:01 PM

    Consummate professional. Will surely grab a reserve role with a team who needs leadership amongst their WRs

  7. mortalkondek says: Feb 13, 2014 2:01 PM

    Aw, man, bummer. I liked Nate. I thought he was a pretty good receiver and a great guy in the locker room. Would have loved to have kept him here. He’s all about the team through thick and thin.

  8. arwiv says: Feb 13, 2014 2:02 PM

    I pray that Chris Snee receives the same message very soon from the Giants.

  9. thevikesarebest says: Feb 13, 2014 2:08 PM

    He should be happy for not having to play for this brutally terrible franchise.come to the Viking dynasty next season.69-34 is the vikings-lions head to head series…says it all.you still play turd bays cheese soft defense twice a year too.VIKINGS OWN NFC NORTH.SKOL

  10. minnesnowda says: Feb 13, 2014 2:10 PM

    Solid contributor in his long NFL career. Good depth receiver.

  11. purpleguy says: Feb 13, 2014 2:12 PM

    He seemed like the only Lion player that would ever talk to the media — to the point of excess. I bet the Lions beat reporters are bummed.

  12. itssocoldinthed says: Feb 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    Seeing this headline gave me a pit in my stomach. I hope they bring him back at a reduced rate. He’s been productive out of the slot when healthy and an exemplary leader.

  13. rubenxx7 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:13 PM

    He was a good compliment to Megatron but when u miss over a year due to injuries in the last 2 years something gotta give

  14. monkeyjuice313 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:18 PM

    Hope he comes back as a receiver’s coach. Loved his attitude.

  15. arwiv says: Feb 13, 2014 2:22 PM

    Everyone is mocking WR to the Lions in the 1st so this move really doesn’t surprise.

  16. justbust says: Feb 13, 2014 2:24 PM

    Rams could use him, 2 baby WRs in need of a player/ coach to show them the ropes

  17. nomad122 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:28 PM

    Welcome to the Patriots !

  18. turbolove says: Feb 13, 2014 2:52 PM

    Bye bye Golden Tate. Hello Nate Burleson!

  19. balfe13 says: Feb 13, 2014 2:53 PM

    “Everyone is mocking WR to the Lions in the first”? Almost every mock I’ve seen has them taking a CB…

  20. prmartincek says: Feb 13, 2014 2:56 PM

    Emmanuel Sanders replacement

  21. thetruthcampaign says: Feb 13, 2014 2:59 PM

    Great locker room guy. Nothing special on the field though. We need a baller.

  22. jerjaxon says: Feb 13, 2014 3:15 PM

    Never a top WR, but very reliable and professional. Hope he latches on with a contender. I’ve been a Nate fan ever since he joined my Seahawks, and he survived some dark days in Seattle before heading over to Detroit. Best of luck dude.

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