Nate Burleson tweets a picture of his restructured contract

Posted by ttwentyman on February 21, 2013 – 10:50 pm

Burleson's contract

True to a promise he made to reporters right after the season, Detroit Lions veteran receiver Nate Burleson has restructured his contract.

Burleson tweeted a picture of the restructured contract on his official Twitter account Thursday evening with the message: “When I said I was gonna ‘Retire a Lion’. I meant it! Restructure = Stronger Lions = Better Team”

It’s no wonder why Burleson is both a fan favorite and locker room leader.

Burleson is the second veteran to agree to a restructure this offseason. Center Dominic Raiola restructured the final year of his deal last week.

The Lions cleared approximately $8.5 million in salary cap room earlier this month by releasing Titus Young, Stephen Peterman and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

The financial details of of both Burleson and Raiola’s deal have not been released, but the restructures give the Lions more leeway to fill some holes via free agency in March.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is trying to work on a long-term contract for quarterback Matthew Stafford that would lower his $20-plus million cap number for 2013 and give the team even more room to work with this offseason.

Burleson said after the season that he’s ahead of schedule in his return from a broken leg suffered in October at Chicago on Monday Night Football.

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Jim Schwartz kicks off NFL Combine coverage for in Indianapolis

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on February 21, 2013 – 1:36 pm

Jim Schwartz

The NFL Scouting Combine is officially underway with coverage beginning on today.

Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz was available to media in attendance this morning, covering a wide range of topics including personnel along the offensive line and Jahvid Best‘s status heading into the offseason. lead writer Tim Twentyman and columnist Mike O’Hara will have plenty to read throughout the day, but – to wet the appetite of Lions fans – here are some tweets they have already sent out:

@ttwentyman: “Schwartz said there is no update yet on the futures of Jeff Backus or Jason Hanson.”

@ttwentyman: “Schwartz said he was impressed by Ziggy Ansah at the Senior Bowl.”

@ttwentyman: “Lions have hired former Wayne State offensive line coach Terry Heffernan to be their new offensive line assistant under Jeremiah Washburn”

@MikeOHaraNFL: “Jim Schwartz joking about Nate Burleson campaigning for Reggie Bush: “is tampering season officially open?””

@MikeOHaraNFL: “Jim Schwartz on adding to Lions run game: “one thing I’d like to see from our run game is more explosive runs.””

@MikeOHaraNFL: “Jim Schwartz on what 2013 draft means to Lions: “we’re going to need help from this draft.” He means not just the first round.”

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