The 12-year veteran joins receiver Andrew Hawkins who also signed with Cleveland last month and talented young pass-catcher Josh Gordon, who had a breakout season in 2013. Known for his leadership on and off the field, the Browns hope that Burleson can help mentor Gordon both as a developing player and as a young man, as Gordon has experienced some disciplinary issues in his short time in the NFL.
Burleson fully understands what his role will likely be with the Browns:
I’m trying to give Cleveland a healthy Nate Burleson, and a healthy Nate Burleson in 16 games can tap dance around 1,000 yards easily. But more importantly, I can move the chains. With the features that they already have and with some of these young guns that they have on this team, I’m just a guy that wants to be a part of it. I’m not going to come in and try to be the man, I just want to be one of the guys that’s part of a great winning program.Detroit cut the 32-year-old Burleson in February to save cap room. He has played second fiddle to Calvin Johnson during his four years in Motown, but was still able to stay productive when healthy, putting up 2,083 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in his four seasons with the Lions.
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