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Cleveland Browns release WR Nate Burleson

On August 30th, 2014 at 10:19 am EST

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Nate Burleson knew that he was close to losing his job leading into the final preseason game. The veteran wide receiver had one catch for 27-yards on Thursday night to close out his short-lived tenure with the Cleveland Browns.

Burleson, who elected to sign with the Browns over the Miami Dolphins this off-season, was officially released by the team this morning. Final cuts to the NFL mandated 53-man roster has to be done by 4 pm EST today.

Nate Burleson (Getty Images)

Nate Burleson (Getty Images)

He agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Browns several months ago.

With Burleson out, the team will rely on veteran Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins to lead the receiver corps. There will also be several young players, who will be vying for playing time, as well.

The Browns could always add a veteran receiver once the final cuts are made to help quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel.

One has to think that this could be the end of the road for Burleson’s career. He may not get another shot to play in the league again.

If this is the end of the road for him in the league, he’ll end his career with 457 receptions for 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns in 135 games.

His longest reception was 68-yards during the 2004 season with the Minnesota Vikings. He played three-years with the Vikings and four each with the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks.

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