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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15 Responses to “Nate Burleson tweets a picture of his restructured contract”

  1. By Jeff on Feb 21, 2013 | Reply

    It’s nice to have a true team-oriented player in Detroit! It’s too bad that Nate’s leadership couldn’t rub off on Titus Young. We are glad to have you in Detroit for the long-haul Burleson!

  2. By JP on Feb 21, 2013 | Reply

    I am just not a Raiola fan. Seems the guy is lots of mouth but little go. Never been a winner. Am I wrong? Do we really care if he restructured? Do we care if he stays?

  3. By Anthony Miller on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Now this is the kinda comittment that you have to have from an organizational standpoint and from a player standpoint to start the makings of a championship team!! Not by any means saying that we’re going to win a championship but, these are just some of the things that just fall in place for one!! You still have to go out there and perform as coaches and players. Lets see what happens in the draft and free agency who knows what could happen. Oh lemme think, the lions making their first SB when they just happen to be having it in NY in Feb!!! That black cloud!!! LOL!!!

  4. By Tom Riddell on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see true leader for Lions doing what’s needed :)

  5. By GuyB1958 on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    I actually liked every part of this blog….. except one. Yes, I do like Stafford to a point, but the jury is still out on him. We just don’t know for certain yet what kind of QB he’ll develop into…. or is this it? That being said, I can understand why Mayhew would want to free up more $$$ with whichever players he can, but should he really be trying to tie the Lions to a long-term contract with a QB that is still not 100% proven yet? But I’d certainly feel a lot better about Matt Stafford if they brought in a Top Notch QB Coach to work with him……

    Can I put in a plug here to bring back Greg Landry as QB Coach? ;)

  6. By Soph on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Thanks Mr. Burleson! I liked you as Viking, but got mad love and respect for you as a Lion! Go get that ring and retire on top like Ray Lewis did!

  7. By Jerry on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Glad to see Nate stay with the Lions. He’s a class act and a dependable receiver. This is a good move by the team and by Nate.

  8. By Adam on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    how long is the contract for? am I the only one who doesn’t know this or what?

  9. By George J, Bell on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    If VandenBosch doesnt find a team would the lions consider bringing him back as a coach/ consultant to the def line?

  10. By redwingliger on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Thank you Nate, Lord knows we can use the extra cap space.

  11. By josh vasbinder on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    glad to see finally something good like this happen with the organization! nate burelson is a class act and we need more lions like this!

  12. By Jack M on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Mr. B’s attitude makes him a true Lion, real leader, and a down to earth person.

  13. By Raymond on Feb 22, 2013 | Reply

    Nate , dom,have great seasons this year win in 2013

  14. By Matt on Feb 23, 2013 | Reply

    Good move. I met Nate and Calvin last summer at Lions camp. He was swagger and confidence in bright blue tights! He went all out on a pass in the end zone that sailed a bit on Stafford. Burelson had picked up a head of steam and quickly ran out of real estate, so he did the only thing he could do…leaped over a waists high rope at back of the ends one. What was cool is that he stopped and chatted with us for a few minutes before going back to the huddle. The guy is a standup pro and a leader. I’m glad the Lions will be keeping him aroun.

  15. By Nick on Feb 24, 2013 | Reply

    We need more leaders, props to Nate, hope you stick around for a long time.

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