Browns sign WR Nate Burleson

Nate Burleson signed with the Browns Sunday.
Nate Burleson signed with the Browns Sunday. (USATSI)

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The Browns continued to use free agency to bolster their receiving corps, announcing Sunday night the team signed free agent wideout Nate Burleson.

Burleson, 32, spent the previous four seasons with the Lions but only played in 15 games the last two years.

He'll slot in as a reliable pass catcher for the Browns and, perhaps more importantly, a veteran presence who can help mentor Josh Gordon, Greg Little and Andrew Hawkins.

(As long as they don't send him out for pizza.)

Burleson didn't crack our list of top free-agent wide receivers and that really shouldn't be a surprise. He's older now and it's been a while since he was a truly dangerous weapon in the passing game.

But he's reliable and can help move the chains. Whenever Cleveland figures out who their quarterback will be anyway.

The addition of Burleson -- along with Cleveland's signing of Hawkins -- at least makes you wonder whether or not they'll even consider a receiver like Sammy Watkins at No. 4 or a wideout later at No. 26.

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