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Nate Burleson | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/19/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 198
College: Nevada
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Nate Burleson admits 2014 might be his last season.
Burleson turned 33 on Tuesday, and has missed the majority of camp with a hamstring issue. ESPN Cleveland doesn't consider his roster spot secure. Limited to nine games for the Lions last season by a broken arm, Burleson caught just 39 passes. He's appeared in only 15 games over the past two seasons. Aug 21 - 3:55 PM

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ESPN Cleveland isn't sure if Nate Burleson will make the Browns' final roster.

33-year-old Burleson has been bothered by a hamstring issue for a couple weeks now. Of course, the competition for roster spots in this wideout corps is not exactly fierce. The only locks are Josh Gordon, Andrew Hawkins and Miles Austin, leaving Burleson to battle guys like Charles Johnson, Travis Benjamin, Anthony Armstrong and Taylor Gabriel. It's hard to see the desperate Browns dumping a veteran leader with experience, even if Burleson will play a bit role.
Aug 21 - 8:40 AM

Nate Burleson has missed the last couple days of practice with a hamstring injury, and is not expected to play in Monday night's preseason game against the Redskins.

Burleson has been limited to riding a stationary bike on the side at practice. Though he's a veteran in a weak receiver corps, Burleson needs to get on the field. He's no lock to make the roster, especially if Miles Austin can stay healthy and Travis Benjamin and Charles Johnson emerge as playmakers outside.
Aug 15 - 12:27 PM

Nate Burleson (arm) is participating in this week's minicamp.

Burleson had his cast removed last week after getting the plate replaced in his forearm earlier in the offseason. He did not suffer a re-break of the bone. Burleson is ticketed for a prominent role in Cleveland, but he's not going to be a fantasy asset in what should be one of the run-heaviest offenses in the league.
Jun 10 - 12:06 PM

Nate Burleson (arm) will have his cast removed this week and expects to be full go for training camp.

The Browns need all the help they can get at receiver right now. Burleson revealed he did not re-break his left arm, but the plate that had previously been inserted needed to be replaced. Burleson, Miles Austin, and Andrew Hawkins would be the frontrunners for receiver duties if the season opened today.
Jun 3 - 2:37 PM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Browns WR Nate Burleson fractured his left arm during a recent minicamp and will need minor surgery.

Just a few hours after the Josh Gordon suspension news breaks, the Browns receiving corps takes another punch to the gut. Although Burleson is expected back for training camp, this is the same arm he broke during last year's car accident and the recurring nature of the injury is cause for concern. Without Gordon and Burleson, the Browns top-three wideouts would be Andrew Hawkins, Greg Little and Josh Cooper. It's not a warm welcome for Johnny Manziel.
May 9 - 10:42 PM

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.
Apr 6 - 11:22 PM

Free agent Nate Burleson visited with the Browns on Saturday.

Burleson visited with the Dolphins on Friday, but left without a contract. He's also drawn interest from the Cowboys and Tennessee. Burleson would provide the Browns with veteran depth behind Josh Gordon and Andrew Hawkins.
Apr 5 - 3:45 PM

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.
Apr 4 - 2:52 PM

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 already added a slot receiver in Andrew Hawkins, so it's an odd fit on paper. Burleson appeared to have very little left in 2013 anyway.
Apr 3 - 3:03 PM

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

The Dolphins continue to poke around at the dregs of free agent receivers. If Brandon Gibson (knee) is healthy, Burleson would not be an upgrade in the slot. The 33-year-old (in August) managed just 39-461-1 in nine games for the Lions' pass-happy offense last season.
Source: NFL Network
Apr 3 - 9:33 AM

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. 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.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 22 - 10:11 PM

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.
Mar 13 - 11:04 AM

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, but if Dez, Beasley, Terrance Williams, and Harris stay healthy this fall, Burleson probably wouldn't make it.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 14 - 1:47 PM

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" and playcaller 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.
Feb 13 - 4:59 PM

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QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
3Rex Grossman
4Connor Shaw
RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3Dion Lewis
4Edwin Baker
5Isaiah Crowell
GLB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1MarQueis Gray
2Chris Ogbonnaya
3Ray Agnew
WR11Miles Austin
2Nate Burleson
3Charles Johnson
4Jonathan Krause
5Taylor Gabriel
WR21Andrew Hawkins
2Anthony Armstrong
3Travis Benjamin
4Willie Snead
5Marlon Moore
WR31Nate Burleson
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
4Emmanuel Ogbuehi
5Martell Webb
K1Billy Cundiff