Veteran wideout Nate Burleson ready to mentor Browns’ young stars

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran wide receiver Nate Burleson is happy with his decision to join the Cleveland Browns after spending the last four years with the Detroit Lions.

“I’m enjoying it, man. I’m having a good time,” Burleson said. “We’re a young team. We’ve got a good team. It’s good to be a part of a team that’s doing something.”

“It’s similar to the situation when I came here. It wasn’t a desirable place, but Cleveland is one of those places where they deserve to have a good season,” he added.

Burleson, who was close to retirement last season after being released by Detroit, is trying to be a mentor to a young team with stars like Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel.

Earlier, Burleson indicated throughout last season he wanted to finish his career in Detroit but he missed almost half of the 2013 season with a broken forearm suffered in a pizza-related crash on Interstate 696 in Michigan. The season before, he broke his leg on Monday Night Football.

Burleson played in 15 games the past two seasons, totaling 66 catches for 701 yards and three touchdowns.

“There’s no hard feelings, I think mostly because of the injuries,” Burleson said. “When I was on the field I was productive. I feel I was a great complement to Calvin [Johnson]. Just too many injuries and as an organization, I understand it.”

The Lions and Browns play in the preseason opener, meaning the first-ever game for Manziel, the first-ever game for Jim Caldwell as the coach of the Detroit Lions and the return of Burleson to a place he outwardly seemed to love.

“Have I thought about it? Are you kidding me? Man, I’m racking my brain figuring out what celebration I’m gonna do because I’m gonna get a fine,” Burleson said.

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