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Nate Burleson is no longer Calvin Johnson's sidekick

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Former Detroit Lions wide-out Nate Burleson doesn't blame the NFC North team for letting him go after they looked thoroughly at their salary cap requirements for 2014. 

Burleson's four-year run as the sidekick to Calvin Johnson is officially over with immediate effect, as Detroit let him go from their roster after four average seasons

Even though Burleson obviously didn't want to be released from the Lions, he admitted he understands the decision. 

"It's a hard decision for them to make, but I can't blame them for making it," Burleson told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free-Press.

The move itself is hardly a surprise, with Burleson ageing now at 32, and his productions has slowly diminished over the years. 

He's still quite capable of playing the complementary role, as he was on pace for more than 900 yards receiving in the eight games that he started last year.

Burleson will have to head into the wilderness of free agency this off-season, but he should be with suitors as experience pays in the NFL. 

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