WR Nate Burleson restructures contract with Lions

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Lions receiver Nate Burleson has made news the past week or so with his commentary on the future of Detroit running back Jahvid Best (Burleson thinks Best should shut down his career) and his desire for his team to acquire Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.

Now, Burleson, via Twitter, is telling the world that he's just restructured his contract to extend his stay in Detroit.

Burleson had signed a five-year deal worth $25 million in 2010, and he was scheduled to make a base salary of $4.5 million this season and $5.5 million in 2014. He also counted a little more than $6.5 million against this year's salary cap -- the fourth-highest mark on the squad.

As CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora recently pointed out, Detroit is only about $6 million over the cap for 2013, but the Lions also have to figure out what to do about quarterback Matthew Stafford's $20.8 million cap hit.

Though Burleson is coming off a season in which he missed 10 games with a broken leg, he's still an important piece for the Lions. After standout receiver Calvin Johnson, the Lions don't really have a No. 2 receiving target, unless you count tight end Brandon Pettigrew. Burleson likely will fill that role in 2013.

"[General manager Martin Mayhew] talked about my value to the team and being missed on and off the field,” Burleson said at the end of December. “I told him I wanted to retire here and he said he felt the same way. He said he loves me, the team loves me, so we'll figure it out. I think it takes both sides to make that happen. … Without saying too much, I'm willing to work it out because I love this team and I feel this is my best chance to win a Super Bowl before I shut it down in a few more years.”

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