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Report: Lions, Burleson agree to restructured contract

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Wide receiver Nate Burleson and the Detroit Lions have agreed to a restructured contract for 2013, according to a Detroit Free-Press report, citing a person familiar with the deal.

Burleson told reporters after the season he was willing to take less money to stay. He joins center Dominic Raiola as the second veteran player to accept a lower salary for next season.

The Lions have cleared about $8.5 million in salary cap room by releasing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Stephen Peterman and Titus Young. The team is still trying sign quarterback Matthew Stafford to a long-term deal that would reduce his cap number for 2013, which is at nearly $21 million.

Burleson's season ended in October with a broken leg. He has 155 catches in 36 games since signing with the Lions as a free agent in 2010, and is signed through 2014.

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