According to TSN on Saturday, the Cleveland Browns have released Calgary native Nate Burleson. The National Football League veteran wide receiver had been out of the Browns’ pre-season lineup because of a hamstring injury.
Burleson will now once again be a free agent. The product of the University of Nevada, had signed a one year contract with the Browns on April 6. At 33 years of age, Burleson had hinted retirement at the end of the 2014 National Football League season according to Tom Reed of the Northeast Ohio Media Group and it will be interesting to see if retirement will now come sooner rather than later.
Burleson was born in Calgary because his father Alvin played for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Since 2003, Burleson has been a wide receiver in the most significant professional sports league in North America. From 2003-2005, Burleson played with the Minnesota Vikings. From 2006-2009, he played with the Seattle Seahawks and from 2010-2013, played with the Detroit Lions.
Burleson has 457 career receptions for 5630 yards and 39 touchdowns. His best season came in 2004 with the Vikings when he had a career high 1006 receiving yards and tied for a career high with nine touchdowns.
The move by the Browns was a bit of a surprising one because Josh Gordon has been suspended by the NFL for a full season due to drug use. Expect the Browns to give Travis Benjamin, who missed half of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, to play a bigger role with Cleveland this season. The Browns finished last in the AFC North in 2013 with a record of four wins and 12 losses.