what is Santonio Holmes going to command once his contract is up when a mediocre receceiver like Burleson can get $25 million for 5 years?
no wonder the Lions are always one of the worst teams in the league!
That seems like an awful lot of money to give Nate Burleson
By MJD - March 5, 2010
Good news for free agent wide receivers: You apparently don't have to be very good to get a huge paycheck. John Clayton is reporting that Nate Burleson's new deal with the Detroit Lions is worth $25 million, with $11 million guaranteed.
Burleson did have a nice year, and I'm not saying he can't be a decent wide receiver for somebody, but $25 million? A guaranteed $11 million? Come on now, Nate Burleson isn't that guy.
He caught 63 balls for 812 yards last year, and that's good. Those are very respectable numbers, especially coming on a Seattle team that you wouldn't call "offensively gifted." And if there were any indication that Burleson could give you that kind of production every year, I might like this deal a little more from the Lions perspective.
But those 63 receptions brought Burleson's total as a Seahawk up to 136 -- over four years. Burleson's been in the league seven years, and he's had more than 60 catches a season exactly twice. He's eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark once.
The best thing I can say about the signing is that it fills a need for Detroit. Not particularly well, but it does fill it.
I hope I'm wrong, and I hope it works out well for the Lions. I'd love to see them develop a potent offense. I just don't see Nate Burleson as the guy who can do that for them.