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Browns sign veteran WR Burleson

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 07 2014 10:00:15 AM CDT
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The Cleveland Browns agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran free agent wide receiver Nate Burleson, the team announced Sunday night.

Burleson, 33, missed 17 games the past two seasons with the Detroit Lions to a broken leg and arm. After returning from a broken arm in 2013, Burleson played nine games and caught 39 passes.

Burleson (6-foot, 198 pounds) is entering his 12th NFL season. He has played in 135 regular-season games, with 103 starts. He has 457 career receptions for 5,630 yards (12.3 avg.) with 39 touchdowns. He also has 40 carries for 257 yards (6.4 avg.).

Although Burleson hasn't returned kicks since 2010, he has also averaged 9.8 yards on 156 career punt returns, including three touchdowns, and averaged 22.6 yards on 57 career kickoff returns.

Initially Minnesota's third-round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft, Burleson joins his fourth NFL team. After three seasons with the Vikings (2003-05), he signed with the Seattle Seahawks (2006-09). He played the past four years (2010-13) with the Lions.