Lions release Nate Burleson, Louis Delmas to clear cap room

Lions part ways with Nate Burleson after four seasons. (USATSI)
The Lions part ways with Nate Burleson after four seasons. (USATSI)

The Lions informed wide receiver Nate Burleson Thursday that he was being released, a move that would save $5.5 million in salary-cap room, according to the Detroit Free Press' Dave Burkett.

The team has also released safety Louis Delmas, which saves another $6 million in cap space, DetroitLions.com's Tim Twentyman reports.

Burleson, who spent the last four seasons in Detroit and caught 39 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown in nine games in 2013, tweeted his goodbyes to the city and its fans.

Burleson signed a five-year, $25 million deal to join the Lions back in 2010 after a four-year stint in Seattle. He began his career with the Vikings in 2003, a former third-round pick out of Nevada.

Off the field, Burelson will probably best be remembered for breaking his arm while trying to drive and save a pizza from sliding off the front passenger seat. Seriously.

Upside: Burleson tweeted in October that the dark cloud of a broken arm has a pepperoni and cheese-filled silver lining: Free pizza for the year, courtesy of DiGiorno. So there's that.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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