The Detroit Lions were one of the more active teams Friday, striking the first deal of free agency by agreeing to a five-year, $25 million contract with wide receiver Nate Burleson. They also set their sights on defense, agreeing to a four-year, $26 million deal with end Kyle Vanden Bosch and acquiring tackle Corey Williams in a trade with the Cleveland Browns.
"It was a strange deal," Vanden Bosch said on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville, Tenn., on Friday morning. "I was talking back and forth with my agent all day, trying to figure out what to expect. So I was waiting, waiting, waiting. Then 11 o'clock (midnight ET) came and my phone rang and it was Coach Schwartz, who said, 'I'm down at your gate, I want to come talk to you.' Coach Schwartz, my wife and I were up until about 2:30 just talking."
A league source told NFL Network's Jason La Canfora that Vanden Bosch will be paid $10 million in the first year of the contract.
"I never felt comfortable at end -- I like it a lot more inside," Williams said. "Everything happens a lot quicker at tackle -- it is less about thinking and more about reacting."
"I've never had a chance to sack Brett," Williams said. "He's a great quarterback, and I've always wanted a shot at him."
The Lions hope Vanden Bosch and Williams can fortify what was a woeful defense last season. The team ranked last in the NFL in average points allowed (30.9), total yards allowed (392.1) and passing yards allowed (265.6), and it was 25th in rushing yards allowed (126.6).
The Lions wouldn't comment about any Burleson deal, and the receiver's agent, Ken Sarnoff, didn't return a message left by The Associated Press.
Burleson played in 13 games for the Seahawks last season, finishing with 63 catches for 812 yards and three touchdowns. He has 263 receptions for 3,547 yards and 27 touchdowns in his seven-year career with Minnesota and Seattle.
The Lions also released veterans Phillip Buchanon and Grady Jackson, who were signed before last season.
Buchanon failed to hold a starting job last season, and his departure, along with that of Will James and Anthony Henry, means the Lions don't have any starting cornerbacks on their roster.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.