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WR Nate Burleson Signs With Detroit Lions | 2010 NFL Free Agency

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Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford received an up grade at receiver this week as former Viking and Seahawk Nate Burleson signed with the team. The contract is reportedly at five years for 25 million (11 million guaranteed). While this contract seems a bit long for a 29 year old receiver, it is probably the kind of deal the Lions have to pay out in order to get decent free agents to come.

I’m sure Burleson will help the Lions as they desperately needed another target to go opposite Calvin Johnson in the offense. With Kevin Smith recovering from a late season torn acl, the team is lacking a starting running back, and they will probably lean on their passing game in 2010.

Passing the football is probably what the Lions will have to do anyway as they aren’t a very good team and will have to play from behind in most games.

My only concern on offense is that Stafford needs an upgrade on the offensive line to stay healthy. If the organization thinks they can just buy players like Burleson and not take care of the o-line, they will find their franchise quarterback in the sidelines, injured again this year.

Still, acquiring Burleson does show that the team is committed to providing Stafford with talent around him. Expect Stafford to take another step towards being a respectable starting quarterback in 2010.

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