May 21, 2012; Allen Park, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson (13) during organized team activities at Detroit Lions training facility. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE
Twitter is a very valuable resource for gathering information, but at times there is an ugly side to it. We got to see an example of this on Friday when someone with an account impersonating Jason La Canfora tweeted that the Detroit Lions had traded wide receiver Nate Burleson to the New England Patriots for running back Danny Woodhead. Several people retweeted it, and I was shocked when I first saw it. Upon first glance, I thought La Canfora was the one who tweeted the news, and I was actually quite angry. I mean, Nate Burleson for Danny Woodhead? No, thanks.
Upon second glance, I realized the account was a fake, and I was relieved that Burleson had not been traded. He is a team leader and put up good numbers last season, so it would've been disappointing had he been dealt. It would've especially been disappointing to Burleson, who laughed off the tweet on Saturday and made it clear he doesn't want to go anywhere.
"That's not a bad rumor to get started," Burleson said. "That's almost believable. Luckily I wasn't on Twitter, I might have got emotional and went crazy thinking Detroit was trying to get rid of me. Yeah, that's pretty funny. I'm not going anywhere. My plan is to retire here."
Burleson's current contract runs through the 2014 season. He will be a free agent in the 2015 offseason (when he's 33), and based on other comments he made on Saturday about wanting to walk away on his own terms, it sounds like he could hang up his cleats following the completion of his current contract.