July 31, 2014

Nate Burleson on Browns-Lions preseason game: “I’m going to get a fine.”

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On August 9, the Cleveland Browns will face the Detroit Lions in their annual Battle for the Barge—The Great Lakes Classic.  While this overblown preseason game will get lots of burn for its contrived tradition, it’s also going to be a focal point for Browns fans as wide receiver Nate Burleson plans on making the most of his return back to his former home stadium.

“Man, I’m wracking my brain figuring out what celebration I’m going to do — because I’m going to get a fine,” Burleson said, laughing, in an interview with MLive.com. “I’m going to get a fine, period. I’m going to go to my coach and say, ‘Hey, I’m going to get a fine. I’m going to do something crazy.’

“It’s going to be a little bit of an appreciation celebration to the fans and the city of Detroit. But it’s also going to be a poke in the back, saying, ‘You should have kept me because I’m still balling.’”

Though productive when healthy, the veteran receiver played just six games in 2012 due to a broken leg, then just nine last year after suffering a broken arm. He’s currently rehabilitating an injury to the same arm that occurred earlier this offseason. Taking Burleson’s spot in Detroit—across from All-World receiver Calvin Johnson—is Golden Tate, the leading receiver for the 2013 Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.

Burleson was added to the fold in Cleveland to help mentor an otherwise young receiving corps that has since been subject to potential suspensions and releases. He’s expected to line up alongside fellow free agent additions Andrew Hawkins, Earl Bennett and Miles Austin, as well as holdovers Travis Benjamin and Charles Johnson. While a full season out of the oft-injured veteran would be nice, Burleson plans on making the most out of his preseason reunion, jokes and all.

“I plan to get off that game,” he said. “It might be the best game of the year for me. Guarantee it. I’m going crazy that game. Probably like 200 yards. Fantasy points through the roof, man.”

[Related: "Nate's Room" now resides in Cleveland]

Photo: Mark Duncan/AP

  • saggy

    Role Model.

  • Wow

    Seriously it’s preseason.

  • mgbode

    Woulx love if he pulled out a pizza and pretended it fell on his lap…no, probably a bad idea as he’d miss half the season.

  • Natedawg86

    So, his preseason game is going to be the best one of the season, and he is ok with this?

  • Hopwin

    I like the humorous swagger, especially in a meaningless contest. Don’t do that crap in a regular season game though.

  • Harv 21

    but … but … if they had him last year Josh would be squeaky as Steve Largent and Greg Little’s hands as sticky as Fred Biletnikoff’s.

  • saggy

    I settle for his hands being as good as Carlos Santana at third.

  • matcast