Detroit Lions release Louis Delmas and Nate Burleson

The Detroit Lions are making an effort to clear up salary cap space, and they wasted no time by cutting wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas.

According to CBS Sports, the Lions saved $5.5 million in cap space by cutting Burleson, and they saved another $6 million by cutting Delmas.

Burleson served as a complementary receiver during his stint with the Lions. He signed a five-year contract worth $25 million with them in 2010.

He caught 39 passes and had 461 receiving yards with a touchdown in 2013. He missed seven games from a broken arm that he sustained from saving a pizza box while driving.

Delmas spent five years with the Lions after being drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, according to ESPN.

He played in 65 games and made 328 tackles with six interceptions and five sacks. He was named as an NFC Pro Bowl alternate in 2010 and 2011.

These moves are expected to put the Lions under the salary cap in time for free agency, which starts on March 11.

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