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NFL news: Detroit Lions release veteran receiver Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson #13 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after scoring a touchdown on an 11 yard pass from quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Ford Field on November 24, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.
(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

In a financial move, the Detroit Lions are set to release veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson according to a report by the Detroit Free-Press on Feb. 13.

The move is not a surprise since Burleson is approaching the end of his career and has missed 17 games over the last two seasons as he struggled with injuries. Releasing the 32-year-old receiver will save the Lions $5.5 million in cap space.

What the team will lose is leadership and the production he can add on the field when healthy. Burleson intends to keep playing and should have no problem landing on another team. He understands that the team’s decision is a business move.

“It’s a hard decision for them to make, but I can’t blame them for making it,” Burleson told Dave Birkett of the Free-Press.

Over his first two seasons with the Lions, he averaged 64 catches and was a more than adequate second receiver complimenting Detroit’s top receiver, Calvin Johnson. Before an injury suffered in a car crash set him back last season, Burleson was on a pace for over 900 yards receiving. He only played in eight games during the 2013 NFL season.

Some possible landing spots for Nate Burleson include Dallas, Green Bay, Tampa Bay and New England is always on the lookout for a veteran receiver who can fit right in.

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