The Detroit Lions released wide receiver Nate Burleson and safety Louis Delmas on Thursday, saving about $11.5 million in salary cap room.

Burleson, 32, caught 39 passes for 461 yards and one touchdown last season after being limited to nine games due to injuries. For his career, Burleson has caught 457 passes for 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns. His release saves the team about $5.5 million in cap space.

The release of Delmas saves the Lions about $6 million in cap room.

Apparently Delmas, 26, does not fit into the scheme of new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. However, he started all 16 games for the Lions this past season, when he had three interceptions and two sacks.

---St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher Fisher said he consulted with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before hiring Gregg Williams as his defensive coordinator.

"I had a conversation with the commissioner who not only endorsed Gregg, but felt that (hiring) Gregg would be a good move," Fisher said at a press conference to formally introduce Williams on Thursday.

Reports last month indicated that Williams would be returning to St. Louis after he was set to take over the defense in 2012 until he was suspended for a year by the NFL for his part on the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal.

Williams takes over two weeks after Fisher made the decision to fire Tim Walton.

---Free agent safety Ed Reed had $50,000 in cash stolen from his car while visiting banks in Houston, the Houston Police Department confirmed.

Click2Houston.com reported that someone smashed the window of Reed's gray 2006 Audi on Wednesday and took a bag of cash out of the front seat.

---Michael Lombardi, who was fired Tuesday as the Cleveland Browns' general manager, has had discussions about joining the New England Patriots' front office, according to multiple reports.

Chris Fedor of the 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland first reported that the two sides were nearing an agreement.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported there are still issues to work out between the two sides.