The TV world will have to wait at least one more season for the permanent arrival of Nate Burleson. I say that because Burleson's NFL career has not yet come to an end. There was talk that he could be done after the Detroit Lions released him in February, but Burleson agreed to a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.
Former Lions WR Nate Burelson reached agreement on a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 7, 2014
Burleson was let go by the Lions because he was set to make $5.5 million in 2014. Rather than work out a pay cut or release him only to later re-sign him, the Lions simply decided to move on. They filled Burleson's spot as the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart with Golden Tate, and Burleson was left without a team.
In the last few days, things started to heat up for Burleson. He took a visit with the Miami Dolphins before heading to Cleveland, where a deal was worked out with the Browns. Burleson is set to join a group of receivers that includes Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins, and he will get a chance to return to Ford Field to take on the Lions during the preseason this year.