Nate Burleson might retire after the 2014 season

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Nate Burleson had a disappointing 2013 season with the Detroit Lions and is now struggling to make the Cleveland Browns 2014 roster. All of this has Burleson evaluating his future and admitted today that he might retire after the season.

What I find funny here is that Burleson wants to do something special this season before riding off into the sunset. Ummm, special with the Browns? I don’t think there’s much of a chance of that happening. The thing that might be most special about his season could be just making the team.

Even with Josh Gordon facing suspension the Browns have many wide receivers on the roster fighting for five, maybe six spots. Burleson has been suffering from a hamstring and therefore hasn’t even been on the field to practice with his new team. ESPN Cleveland suggests that he might be the odd man out.

And the big question is whether Nate Burleson will make the team. I can’t remember the last time Burleson (hamstring) was in full uniform and running routes. (ESPN Cleveland)

To me being on the field is a huge thing, even with the experience he brings. He’s with a new team, a new offense and two new quarterbacks. He’s got a lot to learn and new teammates to form a bond with.

If Burleson does wind up making this team it may be as a veteran receiver at the end of the bench. Someone to provide leadership and mentor the young guys. That’s the reason I can’t see the Browns letting him loose when rosters are trimmed down.

Right now though Burleson should be worrying more about if he’ll be playing in the NFL during the 2014 season not if he’ll be retiring after.

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