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.

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

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. He figures to be an attractive name on the free-agent market.