Nate Burleson plans on getting fined in preseason game against Lions


There’s a long list of games featuring players squaring off against their old teams during the regular season, with DeSean Jackson and Jared Allen near the top of the list.

Somewhere further down is Browns wide receiver Nate Burleson’s matchup against the Lions. For one thing, Burleson wasn’t one of the team’s most identifiable players outside of the strange pizza-related circumstances surrounding his broken arm last season. For another, the game takes place in the preseason and those dates are rarely highlighted on the calendar.

Neither of those points are stopping Burleson from making big promises about what will happen come August, though.

“Man, I’m wracking my brain figuring out what celebration I’m going to do — because I’m going to get a fine,” Burleson said, via “I’m going to get a fine, period. I’m going to go to my coach and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get a fine. I’m going to do something crazy. It’s going to be a little bit of an appreciation celebration to the fans and the city of Detroit. But it’s also going to be a poke in the back, saying, ‘You should have kept me because I’m still balling.”

If Golden Tate can get a handle on his new role, the Lions won’t feel much remorse about parting ways with Burleson even if this summer’s exhibition tilt features a performance for the ages from the veteran receiver.

31 responses to “Nate Burleson plans on getting fined in preseason game against Lions

  1. Nate probably added a zero to the end of that fine — by letting the League Office that it’s pre-meditated far in advance.

    Also, by pre-hyping it — you raise expectations for something “big”, which can often result in a letdown. For an example, look no further than Chad Johnson’s over-sized Gold Hall of Fame Jacket celebration that left earth vastly underwhelmed.

  2. Me thinks Nate will be injured long before that game will ever be played. Great guy, will be a broadcaster on one of the networks in due time, but just can’t stay healthy anymore!

  3. Nate should worry about scoring first…

    oh never mind, he is going up against a decrepit Lions secondary….

    Nate mite as well start thinking about 2nd and 3rd celebration

  4. How about a new fine for cases where a player declares that a fine is going to happen in advance? Call it a premeditation escalator penalty. Too much PEP is not a good thing.

  5. You’ve gone from Seattle to Detroit to Cleveland. That’s a serious decline Nate. See you in Saskatchewan next season.

  6. First game of preseason – He’s calling 200 yards…

    only way he gets that is if he’s not considered a Starter for CLE.

    Did he just confirm he’s going to be a backup on a team that just lost it’s starting WR?

  7. He should think creatively, like buying up abandoned houses in Detroit in a pattern that says “Go Browns!” on Google Earth and then painting them all orange. It’ll cost less than a dinner with Dez Bryant.

  8. Maybe he could stomp on a defenseless pizza box in the end zone — provided he gets anywhere near the end zone.

  9. He was our leading receiver last year, with more yards than Megatron, before he got injured so I would say he was definitely very identifiable and known for much more than the car accident he got in. I’m an actual Lions fan who pays attention though.

  10. This almost guarantees he won’t even be on the field for this game. Throw your $ away Nate for a meaningless preseason game, sounds like a good investment for ya….

  11. I have yet to see a Viking fan say anything bad about Jared Allen so I think he will get a warm welcome when he comes back to MN.

    Some other teams to remain nameless always boo and cut down players that leave and go to other teams. Even division rivals.

  12. What, are you going to get a traffic moving violation for running a red light on the way to the game because you were trying to prevent your pizza box from sliding off the seat?

  13. Anyone that follows the Lions knows what a presence he was on the field (when healthy) and in the locker room. So he was definitely identifiable.
    But the worst thing about this whole article is that it blows everything he said out of context. He said it at a charity softball game that he has helped Detroit Lions player Stephen Tulloch put on the past few years. And that game, which was loaded with Lions players? Burleson showed up wearing all orange – as a joke.
    Way to try and make a mountain out of what should have been a good laugh of a molehill.

  14. Considering how crazy he gets when he catches a 4 yard slant for a 1st down, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with when he actually scores.

  15. After he makes a 4 yard reception for a first down in garbage time of a blowout loss, he will signal first down with his aarp card in hand for the 17 people at home watching.

  16. Always liked Burleson. I don’t care for the braggart part of any player or the touchdown dances because it makes the player out to being bigger than the team. A player with no humility is a player without teachabilty.

  17. Getting a fine is not all that difficult. Just wear the wrong shoelaces.

    Knowing what Nate’s done in the past, he’ll do something clever.

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