Buccaneers Buzz On Nate BurlesonFebruary 14th, 2014
Joe’s going to take you inside NFL Media 101 this afternoon.
Here’s a Detroit Free-Press story about Lions wide receiver and fan favorite Nate Burleson, who was cut yesterday. Yes, he’s the same guy who returned from eight weeks off following a pizza-induced injury to catch seven balls (one touchdown) against the Buccaneers last season.
The reporter, Dave Birkett, serves up many quotes from Burleson, which lets you know how accessible Burleson is and that he has a good relationship with media. Birkett then tells his readers, without a source, that the Buccaneers and Cowboys could be vying for his services.
A fan favorite who started his “Lion Blood” clothing line during his time in Detroit, Burleson said he plans to play at least one more year before possibly pursuing the broadcast career most think he’s ticketed for.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys, where former Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is now calling plays, are among Burleson’s potential landing spots.
Now who do you think gave those team names to Birkett? Joe would bet a few thousand nickels it was Burleson. That’s just how it works; Burleson lets the reporter know the teams pursuing him but says something like, ‘you didn’t hear it from me.’
Burleson also went on Detroit sports radio and said clubs already are inquiring about his services. Since Burleson was cut, he can be signed immediately, before the free agency bell rings on March 11.
Now how would Burleson fit with Tampa Bay? Well, given the sorry depth in the Bucs’ receiving corps, Joe thinks Burleson’s 457 career catches look pretty good, and he caught 39 balls in half a season last year. That’s not too shabby.
Joe hopes the Bucs are exploring Burleson. What’s the harm? Tampa Bay should aggressively check out available guys to hone the new regime’s recruiting and evaluation teamwork, as well as to leave no stone unturned in improving the Bucs.