The big news this week was the release of veteran Lions, WR Nate Burleson and S Louis Delmas.
The perceived reason behind both moves was money. The transactions saved the Lions a combined $11.5 million toward the 2014 salary cap.
"I gave (Martin Mayhew) a call back and he told me he appreciated what I did for the team on and off the field and the kind of pride I instilled. He was just thankful for what I meant to the team," said Burleson to detroitlions.com on Thursday.
One looming task that may have contributed to the moves is the contract situation of DT
Suh's contract will count $22.4 million against the cap in 2014, so a renegotiation would be beneficial.
"There is an obvious desire on the Lions' part to extend Suh's contract and lower his cap hit to a more manageable level," said columnist Mike O'Hara on Friday. "If they can get an extension and keep Suh it's a win-win for the Lions."
OTHER HEADLINES FROM THIS WEEK:
- With the combine beginning Thursday, Tim Twentyman has started highlighting top positions of need for the Lions. So far he has touched on wide receiver, cornerback and safety.
- Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara offer their first impressions of new coordinators Joe Lombardi and Teryl Austin.
- Both coaches bring with them a unique scheme and skill set from prior jobs. Austin has learned the coaching ranks from a number of savvy veterans including Lloyd Carr and Ray Rhodes. Lombardi brings an offensive system that has seen success in New Orleans ... and that TE Joe Fauria is hoping to thrive in.
- The Lions made the official announcement that they former defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham will stay on staff in a new role that will include game planning both sides of the ball come the regular season.
- The Lions are hoping
Darius Slaycan take a big step forward in his development under Austin.
- The Lions announced the hiring of Jim Bob Cooter as the new quarterbacks coach. Cooter worked with Lions head coach Jim Caldwell in Indianapolis and spent this past season as an offensive assistant with the Denver Broncos.
Brandon Pettigrewis set to be a free agent next month. Despite a new coaching staff, he fits into the offensive scheme.