Making final NFL roster cuts is always difficult for head coaches.
Wide receiver Nate Burleson was cut this morning by the Cleveland Browns, failing to make the 53-man roster.
The 33-year old was signed to the team presumably to bring leadership and a veteran presence to a franchise that sorely needs it.
He missed Cleveland’s first three preseason games, then played Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, catching one pass for 27 yards.
With the 1-year suspension by star WR Josh Gordon, it seemed like Burleson would have been a lock to remain with the Browns to give either quarterback Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel some insurance.
But the Browns had other plans and now Burleson is without a job.
Having said that, it’s time for him to officially hang it up on a respectable career.
Burleson has always been well-liked and immensely popular, especially during his four-year stint with the Detroit Lions. He brought swagger to a Lions team that had been a laughing stock for ages. A lot of times, Burleson played as the spokesperson of the team, speaking up for players such as the quiet Calvin Johnson and challenging anyone that would call them the “same old Lions.”
But his main problem was his inability to stay healthy, and that ultimately did him in. Burleson has been a class act throughout his career and a solid No. 2 and No. 3 receiver.
With his unique personality and charisma, Burleson will certainly have a spot as an NFL analyst if he wishes to do so, as he has been impressive during his guest appearances on the NFL Network or ESPN’s NFL Live in the past.
Having that to lean back on, Burleson should call it a career and embark on a new one to give his insight about the game.
With his acute knowledge and infectious personality, he may become an even bigger fan favorite with this move.