By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – Thursday has been a good day for the payroll of the Detroit Lions. First the team released wide receiver Nate Burleson, and now they have released safety Louis Delmas, according to team reporter Tim Twentyman.

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The Lions saved $5.5 million by letting Burleson go and $6 million more by cutting Delmas loose.

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Detroit drafted Delmas out of Western Michigan in 2009. A second-round pick, Delmas played in 49 games throughout his first four seasons before participating in all 16 games in 2013. In five years, Delmas totaled 331 tackles and six interceptions. His three picks last season were the most he has had in any year.

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Buzz surrounded Delmas leading up to the season based on the knee injury that caused him to miss games in 2011 and 2012, and Delmas drew attention again later for, oddly enough, sharing the intriguing story of his pet alligator Mojo.