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Browns sign Nate Burleson to a one-year deal
Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:28am

Cleveland Browns - [Full Article]

The Browns have agreed to terms on a deal with WR Nate Burleson, the club announced.

Burleson, who spent the past four seasons in Detroit, will provide the Browns with some depth and an experienced veteran who can help mentor young receivers such as Josh Gordon. In 2011, he won the Lions' Good Guy Award from the local sportscasters and Pro Football Writers Association and was a leader in the locker room.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns also signed Andrew Hawkins to man the slot, so Burleson is likely to be the team's WR4 assuming they find a starter in the draft. If not, he is capable of starting opposite Gordon, though he doesn't offer much playmaking ability at this point in his career. Greg Little's days in Cleveland look to be numbered.

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Lions release Nate Burleson
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 1:57pm

Dave Birkett, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Lions have informed Nate Burleson he's being released today. Move saves about $5.5M in cap room, leaves the locker room short a leader.

Fantasy Impact:

The Lions have a hole at WR2, so unless they're counting on Kris Durham they must have a plan to make a move in free agency or in the draft. There is definitely the opportunity for success for whoever wins that job.

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Nate Burleson intends to play in Week 12
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:29am

Detroit News - [Full Article]

Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson wouldn't go as far as to say he's playing Sunday against Tampa Bay, but he sounded fairly optimistic Tuesday about his chances.

The 11-year veteran hasn't played since Week 3 after breaking his left forearm in a one-vehicle crash on I-696 on Sept. 24, but he's practiced on a limited basis for the past two weeks.

For Burleson not to play Sunday, there would have to be a "major setback," he said.

"My mindset is that I want to play," Burleson said. "I've still got to meet with the doctors this week, still got to get clearance. I'm not saying that I am playing for sure, but in my mind, I'm going to wake up tomorrow in preparation to be on the field and get into the game plan and try to play on Sunday."

Fantasy Impact:

Burleson was the #42 WR in standard formats through three weeks, but ranked #29 in PPR formats, so he could be useful down the stretch provided he plays a full complement of snaps. Kris Durham has played pretty well in his place, so Burleson may be eased into the lineup.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 8:32pm

Detroit Free Press - [Full Article]

Nate Burleson sounded optimistic when asked today if he might play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the first time since breaking his left forearm in a pizza-related car accident.

“I’m saying there’s a chance,” Burleson said. “Like I said a couple weeks ago, I prepare every week as if I’m going to play. I want to play, I want to get out on the field. Still got to be smart and listen to the doctors and listen to the coaches, but the week started off good, getting into the gameplan and trying to figure out if I got a role this week, which looks like there’s a possibility.”

Fantasy Impact:

As the story pointed out, Burleson broke his forearm in two places Sept. 24 when he crashed his car into a median while trying to save two pizzas from sliding off his passenger seat. He has missed seven straight games, but practiced the last two weeks and has suffered no setbacks with his injury. Burleson, the Lions’ leading receiver with 19 catches for 239 yards at the time of the accident, plans to wear a Kevlar brace on his arm when he returns and said he’ll have to modify the way he plays.

Monday, November 18, 2013, 10:15am

Detroit News - [Full Article]

The Lions may be getting some reinforcements in the next couple of days. Receiver Nate Burleson (forearm) could be back next week against Tampa Bay.

Fantasy Impact:

Don't forget, with the Thanksgiving Day game on the horizon, the Lions will play their next two games — against Tampa Bay and then Green Bay — in the next 11 days. Barring any setbacks next week, Burleson should be back to full strength and able to play in both of those games. Burleson is worth taking a shot on if you're hurting at WR. The Lions face some tough rushing defenses down the stretch which could mean more throwing opportunities.

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 12:32pm

Tim Twentyman on Twitter - [Full Article]

Lions HC Jim Schwartz cautioned looking too much into WR Nate Burleson returning to practice today. Said there are still some hurdles to cross.

Fantasy Impact:

Still, Burleson could be close to coming back. He'd be a real nice boost as a solid WR2 option for QB Matt Stafford and should provide some fantasy value in what's a heavy passing offense. He's a guy to monitor heading into Week 11.