The Browns have released veteran WR Nate Burleson. The 11-year WR has started only 13 games in the last two years.
The Cleveland Browns announced that they have released WR Nate Burleson as the team’s final roster cuts to the 53-man roster conclude today.
Burleson has played 11 seasons in the NFL for 3 different teams and is in the top 25 among all active NFL receivers in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs. The Browns signed the 33-year-old receiver early in the offseason after being released by the Detroit Lions.
A former 3rd round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2003, Burleson was an explosive threat in his early years, recording a career high 1,006 receiving yards in 2004 along with a 91-yard Punt Return-TD. He has 3 career Punt Return-TDs of over 90 yards.
Burleson made a fashion statement early in the training camp when he showed up to Browns camp wearing cheetah print shoes. You can view that image here.
Burleson’s release makes it likely that WRs Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins will be named the team’s starters. All-Pro WR Josh Gordon has been suspended for the entire season after a third violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
The Browns also announced this morning that they have released RB Chris Ogbonnaya, the team’s 2nd leading rusher in 2013.