The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a deal with wide receiver Nate Burleson, reports Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. Burleson spent last week visiting with a couple teams including the Browns and the Miami Dolphins before ultimately deciding on the former option.
The 11-year veteran has spent time with the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions. He’ll be joining one of the best receivers in the game in Josh Gordon and also get to play with Greg Little and newcomer Andrew Hawkins.
It could ultimately be a competition for Burleson with the Cleveland Browns as the organization is expected to look at receiver in the draft and could take a younger option, which means he’d have to work at getting a spot. Of course, the quarterback-stricken Browns need a signal-caller as they released Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell. Brian Hoyer is still recovering from an ACL tear he suffered during a Thursday night game against the Buffalo Bills last season.
Nontheless, the Browns need a veteran receiver to help push the younger guys on the offensive side of the ball for this team. Nate Burleson excelled when healthy for the Lions. Before suffering a knee injury two years ago, he caught 73 balls for 757 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.