#Browns strike one-year deal with free-agent WR Nate Burleson, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Burleson in for visit this weekend.
— Nate Ulrich (@NateUlrichABJ) April 7, 2014
The Cleveland Browns have signed veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson to a one year deal per Adam Schefter of ESPN. The 32-year old receiver is most recently famous for breaking his arm while reaching for a pizza sliding off of his seat causing a single car accident that resulted in the injury.
The Browns hope that Burleson is the veteran presence they hoped they had in Davone Bess before he had the worst year of his professional career both on and off the field. With Josh Gordon, Andrew Hawkins and now Nate Burleson, the Browns have a reasonable looking group on paper, but this move does not rule out the Browns drafting a receiver or possibly more than one in the draft.
After those three, it is basically Greg Little, who may or may not get this training camp to prove he can be valuable and Travis Benjamin coming off of an ACL tear. Benjamin’s best value has been on special teams. The Browns also have some players like Tori Gurley who they kept on the practice squad, everyone’s favorite sixth receiver in Josh Cooper and the signing of Connor Vernon right before the league year ended. They also have Brian Tyms and Charles Johnson from last year.
Given the length of the deal, it seems as though Burleson’s roster spot on the team is no guaranteed. In a historically deep draft, the Browns would be prudent to bring in more talent and help their quarterback with more weapons, be it Brian Hoyer or a rookie.