Nate Burleson hopes to mentor Josh Gordon

Nate Burleson

Coming over to Cleveland for at least the next year,  veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson is well aware of the off-field issues that have plagued Josh Gordon’s two-year-old career—and he wants to help.

Pro Football Talk has some anecdotes from a story surrounding Burleson and All-World receiver Calvin Johnson who praised the young Browns pass catcher. The Akron-Beacon Journal takes things a step further, discussing how Burleson sees himself mentoring the highly-discussed Pro Bowler.

“If I can take a guy out to dinner, hang out outside of the locker room, then I’m definitely going to do that because that’s one of the more important times when the lessons are learned, when you’ve got the jerseys off and you kind of unveil yourself and it’s not all football,” Burleson said. “That’s how I got so close to the receiving corps in Detroit. That’s how I was able to really get to know Calvin on a personal level because we spent so much time with each other off the field. That’s the plan. I’m going to continue to do that. That’s part of my nature, though. That’s just who I am. I’m a social butterfly, and I feel like positive conversation, positive reinforcement is always going to supersede anything else.”

Those who have played with Burleson speak very highly of his talent (when healthy), but more so about his character. A lot has been made about surrounding young Browns players with veteran leadership—D’Qwell Jackson spoke similarly about Gordon just a year ago, saying the receiver was “running out of lives.” The Browns, in attempt to do the same for Gordon in 2013 swung and missed (perhaps the understatement of the season) in acquiring Davone Bess, who was released earlier this year after multiple off-field issues.

Despite Bess’ shortcomings, Gordon had one hell of a season in 2013. Hopes are that the Burleson acquisition can only make matters that much better, perhaps starting with having No. 12 eligible for all 16 games.

(Photo: Gary Wiepert/AP)

  • maxfnmloans

    Memo to Nate Burleson: have your agent, or your people or whatever get ahold of the Nestle corp marketing folks and sign an endorsement deal for DiGiorno. You’re welcome. Just call me the matchmaker.

  • BenRM

    I listened to the Burleson interview on 92.3 yesterday and he killed it. Dude sounds like he has his head on straight, which is refreshing after the Bess fiasco of last year.

  • Harv 21

    … mumbled Burleson in the airport concourse, while dancing to a tune only he could hear as his pants fell repeatedly below his knees.

    [yes, just defaulted to that Browns fan, who will believe they can obtain a productive "role model" FA receiver when he sees it. When Joe J. tried it they almost killed him with a staph infection]

  • http://waitingfornextyear.com/ Scott @ WFNY

    We have some solid Burleson stuff in the works. What you heard is what you get with this guy. He’s going to be a nice addition.