Detroit Lions WR Nate Burleson Proves He's a Team Player With Restructured Deal

By Dan Parzych
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After finishing with a 4-12 record last year, the Detroit Lions have plenty of adjustments that need to be made heading into the 2013 season on both offense and defense. While he may not be Calvin Johnson, the Lions certainly could have used Nate Burleson in the passing game as he only appeared in six games before suffering a broken leg that ended his season.

However, Detroit can expect Burleson back in the passing game for the 2013 season–which is great news for Matthew Stafford and company.

Burleson agreed to reconstruct his contract with the team to help save money in the salary cap and allow him to suit up for his fourth season with the team. From 2010-11, Burleson caught 128 passes for 1,382 yards to go along with nine touchdowns–so it’s clear what he’s capable of as a wide receiver.

If the Lions are going to have any chance of bouncing back in 2013, they’re going to need all of the extra help they can get from players like Burleson. This team showed two years ago they’re capable of being one of the top teams in the league and after struggling throughout the 2012 season–bouncing back should be no problem heading into 2013.

Hopefully, Burleson’s leg injury won’t have too much of an impact on him bouncing back and he can get back to his old ways in no time. At 31, there’s no telling how many more effective years Burleson has left in him–so he’ll be anxious to bounce back more than ever with the Lions next season.

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