Nate Burleson to visit Dolphins

AP

Nate Burleson got used to cold winters while spending the last four years as a member of the Lions, but he may be able to leave the heavy winter gear at home in 2014.

Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports that Burleson will visit the Dolphins, whose Miami home requires no layering to get through the winter months.

Burleson was released by the Lions in February to clear $5.5 million under the salary cap, a move that was made easier by the fact that Burleson missed 17 games because of injuries over the last two years. When he wasn’t injured, Burleson was a reliable target for Matthew Stafford but the Lions signed Golden Tate and are taking their offense in a different direction under new coach Jim Caldwell this season.

If Burleson does land in Miami, he’ll join Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Rishard Matthews and Brandon Gibson on the depth chart at receiver. Hartline and Gibson are both coming off of knee injuries, but the team hopes to have both of them on the field for camp.