WEEK IN REVIEW: The impact of releasing veterans Nate Burleson and Louis Delmas

Posted Feb 16, 2014

The transactions mark the beginning of key moves for the Detroit Lions heading into the free agent signing period in mid-March

Nate BurlesonThe Lions originally signed Burleson during the 2010 offseason. (Photo: G. Smith/Detroit Lions)

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 on Thursday.

One looming task that may have contributed to the moves is the contract situation of DT Ndamukong Suh.

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."