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Burleson on release: 'I can't blame them'

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07:28 AM ET 02.14 | Forgive Nate Burleson for not rushing to return these particular phone calls. [Burleson woke up Thursday] and had two missed calls on his phone, one from Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew and another from the main number at the team's Allen Park headquarters. He spent his first few waking minutes rolling around with his daughter, and after he was done playing, Burleson called Mayhew back, knowing his future in Detroit hung in the balance. ... "They probably just thought about the number financially and then probably thought about the season and said, 'If Nate's healthy, yeah, he can probably give us 70 or 80 catches. But if he's not, then it's going to be tough to deal with,'" Burleson said. ... "It's a hard decision for them to make, but I can't blame them for making it."

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February 14, 2014  07:51 AM ET

Me either.

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February 14, 2014  07:59 AM ET
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Mother nature either

I'm starting to sense a fixation with the weather for you today.

February 14, 2014  08:05 AM ET
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I'm starting to sense a fixation with the weather for you today.

I'm fixated with the 70 degree weather we'll have for the weekend...FINALLY!!

February 14, 2014  08:12 AM ET
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I'm fixated with the 70 degree weather we'll have for the weekend...FINALLY!!

Me too. I have alerted my co-workers on the east coast as such.


They hate me.

February 14, 2014  08:20 AM ET

With Peyton Manning's fall from grace, all the pizza places will be looking to sign Burleson as their spokesman.

February 14, 2014  08:34 AM ET

Money and age are always a contributing factor in a players future with a team. I am sure other teams took notice of your attitude about being cut and you should get an invitation to land a spot on another team this year even if you have to take a cut in pay.

February 14, 2014  08:45 AM ET
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With Peyton Manning's fall from grace, all the pizza places will be looking to sign Burleson as their spokesman.

Just don't ask him to make deliveries.

February 14, 2014  08:47 AM ET
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Just don't ask him to make deliveries.

great point!

February 14, 2014  08:49 AM ET
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Me too. I have alerted my co-workers on the east coast as such. They hate me.

as you bask in the warmth I'm sure you will get over it.

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February 14, 2014  09:32 AM ET

Glad you see reason, Nate. Any thoughts on what the Texans should do with their No. 1 pick?

February 14, 2014  10:06 AM ET
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I'm fixated with the 70 degree weather we'll have for the weekend...FINALLY!!

Over here too. I feel so guilty. And warm:)

February 14, 2014  10:15 AM ET
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Money and age are always a contributing factor in a players future with a team. I am sure other teams took notice of your attitude about being cut and you should get an invitation to land a spot on another team this year even if you have to take a cut in pay.

Good call, probably true because if any team could be dissed it's the Lions.

February 14, 2014  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Me too. I have alerted my co-workers on the east coast as such. They hate me.

Going to be 80 here. Feels like Sochi.

February 14, 2014  11:34 AM ET
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Feels like Sochi.

What a stupid place to have the winter Olympics. As usual, someone got paid off bigtime for that decision.

February 14, 2014  11:38 AM ET
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What a stupid place to have the winter Olympics. As usual, someone got paid off bigtime for that decision.

I think it was more like "everyone got paid off"

February 14, 2014  12:49 PM ET
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I think it was more like "everyone got paid off"

Yep. Bribes is the name of the Olympics game. A rotten institution to the core.

February 14, 2014  12:52 PM ET
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Yep. Bribes is the name of the Olympics game. A rotten institution to the core.

Fits Putin like a glove.

 
February 14, 2014  01:26 PM ET
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Fits Putin like a glove.

Putin needs to get out of the closet.

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