Browns part ways with veteran wideout Nate Burleson

AP

The Browns didn’t do nearly enough to fix the wide receiver position this offseason, knowing Josh Gordon would be suspended.

But it seemed that bringing in Nate Burleson was a wise move, to lend some ballast to a young group.

But the Browns apparently thought they didn’t need him, as Burleson was cut this morning, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Browns will be counting on Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins and a a number of young players, and you get the sense there will come a time when they wished they had a veteran in the locker room.

43 responses to “Browns part ways with veteran wideout Nate Burleson

  1. Wow, I hope this works out. We had better have someone step up and really surprise us.

    On the bright side, aside from Gordon, anything will be an improvement over last year.

  2. So sucking up to Manziel didn’t work? Maybe they saw him as divisive in the locker room, after his glowing endorsement of a popular scrub.

  3. I’m a Browns season ticket holder, another 4 win season coming up. Austin and Hawkins??? Really Ray

  4. Andrew Hawkins was picked up for a reason and while Miles Austin is past his prime, he can still play. The clear issue is with no Josh Gordon, they have no one to take the top off the defense. Hawkins, Austin and Cameron are all guys that catch the ball in the middle of the field so this will likely be ugly.

  5. 4-8 with or without him. Nothing ever changes in Cleveland. Now he can finish his career on a real team.

  6. Looks like the Browns are officially in tank mode. Burleson is nothing special, but minus Gordon he was they best WR they had.

    Unless they have inside info that some significantly better WRs are gonna be let go by other teams today, it would appear that they’re not even trying at this point.

  7. While the Browns’ receivers are indeed awful, you’re overlooking the “veteran presence” of Miles Austin, who is, you know, really old.

  8. Hey Browns Fan… try and have a positive outlook. They released him because about 60 superior WR’s are about to hit the open market. Farmer can’t be stupid, he may not be great, but give him a chance! Armon Binns from the Dolphins is one to consider. He is a Stater on some Teams and certainly a good WR3-4. Good Luck this season! It is shame when the Bengals win your division. I hope some competition finally develops for the AFCN.

  9. Before everyone craps all over this move, think back to the howls when they traded Richardson, and how that turned out.

    We will see, but I think they have a decent defense and assuming they don’t play Manzell, will give the Steelers a real contest in the first game.

  10. Well if Nate Burleson does not hook up with another NFL team, he is a Canadian citizen. I believe his rights are owned by the Calgary Stampeders the same fear. His father played for when Nate was born. Since Calgary couldn’t get Josh Gordon Nate might be the next best thing. Since made has a tattoo of the Canadian Mapleleaf on his right arm and did a special magazine and video of Canada sexiest athletes. Just this past winter, I’m sure he would be very well received and would actually have a chance if he signed with Calgary to win the breakup. What a way to top off a career.

  11. Fine move by Ray. He’s old, slow, mouthy and brittle. At least Austin isn’t mouthy-actually a quiet leader, the type of vet presence you say the Browns WR corps needs.

    Snag a camp castoff who knows the WC system if you need one, otherwise give those reps to Johnson and Gabriel who shined in camp/preseason.

  12. Remember when Ray said the last couple of Super Bowl winners didn’t have marquee WRs? – Well, those teams won cuz they had great QB play and a superior run game… 2 things the Browns don’t have.

  13. Manzel, Hoyer, Brady, Manning CANNOT make this team look good!!!! Running game=SUSPECT, Defense=SUSPECT, Passing game=NON-EXISTENT, Coach=REALLY????, nothing left but same as before. Insanity rules in Cleveland (check that definition out)!!!!

  14. Burleson was a punchline. He won’t be missed, because he never did anything.

    Austin and Hawkins ARE the veteran presence. At least Hawkins has been to the playoffs.

    They’ll be claiming Stephen Hill before the day is over.

  15. I can’t say that I am not surprised. When he was with Seattle, he showed some real promise, but could not stay out of trouble and had some drops at very importune times. Even so, he is about all they had for an outside receiver. I do think some very talented folks, with more upside, are going to show up, by the end of the day.

  16. Anyone who thinks Hawkins will be the #1.

    He was cincy’s #4 wideout.

    They didn’t tender him much because they had someone his same level. It was good that the browns signed him he is a good guy who does everything right. But he is not a top 1 or 2 guy.

  17. The Browns #1 receiver in 2014 will be Jordan Cameron. Expect Kyle Shanahan to use multiple tight end packages where Cameron will be out wide.

    Source: Actually watching the pre-season play calling while everyone was whining about Gordon.

    Fact is good QB play can make or break a receivers career. Best example being the Indianapolis Colts where the same receivers Manning had who got him to the playoffs yearly lead the league in DROPS when Manning went down leading to a 2-14 season with 3 different QB’s throwing to them.

    Last point. The last time the Browns made the playoffs their receivers were Quincy Morgan, Kevin Johnson and Dennis Northcutt not exactly a hall of fame class.

    I guess my point is ask Megatron, Julio Jones, AJ Green and Andre Johnson to show you their superbowl rings sometime. As soon as they can then the whole “Cleveland needs Josh Gordon to win” mindset might make sense. Until then I’m pretty sure they’ve had Gordon for two seasons and haven’t even been a .500 team.

  18. What a shame. He was Detroit leading receiver until he broke his arm last year. His arm must not have healed properly. He is a great guy around the younger players too.

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