Nate Burleson WR CLE 17 Days

Browns signed WR Nate Burleson to a one-year contract.

He chose Cleveland over Miami. Burleson, 33 in August, is more of a locker-room than on-field asset at this stage of his career. He posted a 39-461-11.8-1 stat line across nine games in Detroit last season, missing seven with a broken arm. He missed ten games the year before due to a broken leg. Burleson provides reliable hands in the slot, but his playmaking ability evaporated years ago. He'd be best in a fourth receiver role with the Browns.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 19 Days

Free agent Nate Burleson's Dolphins visit has ended, and he will fly to Cleveland this evening.

Per ESPN's Adam Caplan, Burleson's flight to visit the Browns will leave "in a few hours." Burleson is going on age 33 and would be best suited for a No. 3 or 4 receiver role, wherever he lands. The prospective fit in Miami was odd because the Fins have Rishard Matthews behind Brandon Gibson in the slot.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 20 Days

Free agent Nate Burleson will visit the Browns on Saturday.

Burleson has met/is meeting with the Dolphins, but will head to Cleveland next. The Dolphins haven't been letting free-agent visitors get away without a deal this offseason, but Burleson can afford to take his time. The money should be roughly the same wherever he ends up. The Browns are looking for a slot receiver after Davone Bess tanked last season, but there's no guarantee Burleson would be an upgrade on in-house option Josh Cooper. Burleson appeared to have very little left in 2013.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 20 Days

According to NFL Network, free agent WR Nate Burleson will visit the Dolphins.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 1 Month

The Cowboys have expressed interest in free agent Nate Burleson.

Burleson would give Dallas a veteran to compete for snaps behind Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, but isn't more than a No. 4 wideout at this stage of his career. He has ties to Cowboys OC Scott Linehan and is capable of playing all three receiver spots. Dallas is reportedly leaning toward not signing any free-agent wideouts until after the draft. Burleson shouldn't require more than a non-guaranteed, one-year deal.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 1 Month

The Titans are showing interest in free agent Nate Burleson.

Burleson looked out of gas to be kind down the stretch in Detroit last season, but we suppose he'd be "good in the locker room." Burleson turns 33 in August.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 2 Months

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes signing free agent Nate Burleson would "make sense" for the Cowboys.

Archer notes that Dez Bryant has endured recent back problems, while current Nos. 3 and 4 receivers Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris "have limitations." (Miles Austin won't be back.) We could see Burleson as a training camp insurance policy on a minimum salary for the Cowboys, but if Dez, Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Harris stay healthy this fall, Burleson probably wouldn't make it.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 2 Months

Free agent Nate Burleson says he's already been contacted by a "couple of teams," and expects to find a new home in the near future.

The Detroit News speculates the Cowboys and Bucs are two teams that could have interest. Former Lions OC Scott Linehan is now the "passing-game coordinator" in Dallas. Burleson appeared to be running on fumes after he returned from his broken arm last season, but his reliable hands and leadership will be appealing to teams looking for a reserve wideout.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 2 Months1 Comment doesn't expect free agent Nate Burleson to re-sign with the team at a reduced rate.

Per reporter Tim Twentyman, the team is ready to move on. The Lions have seen the same film we have, as Burleson appeared to have little left after returning from his broken arm last season, catching just 13 total passes over his final five games. Burleson's separation skills have been in steady decline since he first arrived in Detroit in 2010. He's near the end.

Nate Burleson WR CLE 2 Months2 Comments

Lions released WR Nate Burleson.

"It's a hard decision for them to make, but I can't blame them for making it," Burleson told the Detroit Free Press. In reality, it was a no brainer, even for a team short on receivers. Going on 33, Burleson was practically nonexistent last season, and due $5.5 million in 2014. It was an untenable sum for a team with all sorts of cap problems. Injuries have limited Burleson to just 15 combined games the past two seasons, while his separation skills have vanished. Despite all that, he intends to keep playing. Receiver was already a massive need for the Lions, but now they're perilously low on bodies, let alone skill. Tapping the fertile free-agent market or using an early-round pick on a wideout will be a must.