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Lions Free Agency 2012: TE Will Heller Released By Detroit

The Detroit Lions have released tight end Will Heller, according to Lions beat writer Tim Twentyman.

Heller, a nine-year veteran, has played in every game during the past three seasons for Detroit. His best season came in his first season with the Lions when he caught 29 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns. This past season, Heller caught just six passes for 42 yards.

The Lions have been doing whatever they can to clear up salary cap space, including restructuring the deals of Matthew Stafford, Nate Burleson and Ndamukong Suh. Once free agency opens, Detroit is hoping to have enough cap space to fill a few crucial needs.

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