INDIANAPOLIS -- The Detroit Lions will have a little bit more spending money to use when free agency opens next month.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson and the team agreed to a restructured contract for 2013, two people familiar with the deal said.
Burleson, who said after the season he was willing to take a pay cut to stay in Detroit, is the second veteran to agree to a new deal in the last week. Center Dominic Raiola also took less money for 2013, the final year of his contract.
The Lions cleared about $8.5 million in salary cap room this month by releasing Kyle Vanden Bosch, Stephen Peterman and Titus Young.
Before restructures by Burleson and Raiola, the Lions had about $119.5 million in salary-cap commitments for the season. The team is still trying to work out a new long-term contract for quarterback Matthew Stafford that would lower his almost $21-million cap number for 2013 and could meet with his representatives during the NFL combine this week.
Next year's cap is expected to be around $122 million.
Burleson is coming off a broken leg that ended his season in October, but the Lions are short-handed at the position after cutting Young and with last year's second-round pick, Ryan Broyles, coming off a torn ACL.
One of the Lions' most vocal leaders, Burleson has 155 catches in 36 games since signing with the Lions as a free agent in 2010.
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