Broyles tweeted a good-bye message to Detroit, two days after he asked for his release, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The move marks the end of a frustrating three-plus year relationship marred by injuries and the wide receiver's inability to crack the rotation following his most recent rehab.
Detroit's depth allowed the team to bring Broyles along slowly his rookie year, resting him the first two games of the season. His usage increased near mid-season when Nate Burleson suffered a broken leg, with a breakout performance coming on Thanksgiving against Houston. Broyles caught six passes for 126 yards in the overtime loss.
A second-round draft pick in 2012, Broyles' selection was a head-scratcher for most outside observers, the story said. The Lions already had three productive receivers on the roster at the time, and Broyles, despite being one of the most prolific pass-catchers in NCAA history, was still recovering from an ACL injury suffered less than six months earlier.
The Cleveland Browns have cut veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson after he signed a one-year contract with them this offseason, according to a league source.
Burleson also visited the Miami Dolphins during free agency and they could be a logical landing spot.
Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins look to be the top WRs for the Browns. Burleson only recently came back after missing time in camp and was in a tough spot. With the loss of Josh Gordon and issues at QB with Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel, no Cleveland WR is looking like a solid play at this point.
Aug 28, 2014 · 1:07 PM EDT
Browns WRs Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and Travis Benjamin are locks, while Nate Burleson is too valuable to release after Josh Gordon was suspended for the season by the NFL. Charles Johnson is attempting to hang onto his job under heavy pushes from undrafted rookies Taylor Gabriel and Willie Snead, with Marlon Moore a longshot.
Johnson has gotten a bit of hype as a potential sleeper with Josh Gordon out, but he's still fighting for a roster spot.
Aug 26, 2014 · 5:59 PM EDT
A nagging hamstring injury has kept Browns WR nate Burleson out the entire preseason and off the practice field for nearly three weeks. Browns head coach Mike Pettine said the team remains optimistic the veteran receiver can suit up and prove himself Thursday against the Bears.
Burleson has been itching to play, and was practically begging for the trainers to let him suit up against the Redskins and the Rams. The veteran has played through injuries for a large portion of his career. Even if Burleson isn’t exactly close to 100 percent, he still thinks he can make plays against Chicago.
Burleson thinks he can light a fire under what's been an unimpressive offense in the preseason that's perhaps caught up in a quarterback controversy. Burleson will have to make the team first which isn't a given with all the time he's missed.