Lions cut FFToolbox friend WR Nate Burleson
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Lions cut FFToolbox friend WR Nate Burleson

The Lions released wide receiver Nate Burleson @Nate13Burleson on Thursday. The move understandably saddened Burleson, but didn't shock him. He said in a radio interview that he will "miss playing in Honolulu Blue" but admitted that the team's decision was "realistic."
"[Lions executives] probably were sitting up there in meetings last week saying, 'If Nate plays a whole year, he can be one of the more productive pieces of this offense," Burleson said. "But can we count on that? Can we guarantee he will play 16 games?' I am sure that factored into what they were saying."
Burleson, 32, hasn't played a full season since 2011. He missed 10 games in 2012 due to a broken leg. He missed seven games this season due to a broken arm sustained in a car crash.
Burleson also said he has already been in contact with a couple of teams and expects to find a new place to continue his career soon.

Fantasy Analysis:

Burleson's $5.5 million salary for 2014 probably made this decision a given. The Lions have a dangerous offense, but they don't have established threat out wide across from Calvin Johnson @Bigplaycj. Ryan Broyles @RyanBroyles' knees could be shot. Kris Durham @KrisDurham16 is not the answer. Perhaps Joseph Fauria picks up the slack? No. 2 wide receiver continues to be an area of need for the Lions.
Burleson, even at this point in his career can help an NFL team. Think Jets or Redskins. From a fantasy perspective, Burleson will be worth watching only in very deep PPR re-draft leagues or more specifically draft-n-go leagues where the production can count on weeks where you're not expecting it. Good luck in your future endeavors Nate!

Detroit News

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FFToolbox Fantasy Football Writer since 2002
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I have played fantasy sports since 2001. I've played mostly in fantasy football and baseball leagues. I wrote for FFToolbox from 2002-2005 and re-joined in 2009.

I was an undergraduate from the University of Central Florida, and a master's graduate from Cal State University, Northridge specializing in journalism/mass communication. I make my home in Long Beach, Calif.

While I grew up in California, my favorite football team has always been the New York Giants.

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