The first is deciding to pay free agent Julian Edelman. The report says Edelman might want a contract similar to what Danny Amendola got last season (five years and a max value of $31 million). But the Patriots will probably offer Edelman something similar to their offer to Wes Welker (two years, $10 million). Based on that, the report expects Edelman to chase the money elsewhere.
Amendola is safe this offseason despite a down year, but he could be released after the 2014 season if he struggles again. The team hopes the three second-year receivers of Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce continue to develop, and getting Rob Gronkowski (ACL) back at 100 percent is vital.
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/14/14) Free agent receiver Nate Burleson already has teams interested in checking him out, he told Detroit Sports 105.1 FM on Thursday. He said he expects to be on another team quickly.
"The call this morning, it wasn't really too shocking," he told the station. "It's more shocking that I won't end up retiring a Lion but it wasn't shocking when I heard the news."
Are any teams interested?
"Just a couple right now, basically it all just happened," he said. "So my agent is going to do what he does best and call every team and try to get as many suitors on board. The thing that's exciting is before I got injured I played well and after I got injured I played well ... at 32, going to be 33, the whole point is still to get open and make plays and I've always told myself if I can do that I'll keep playing. With half a season, putting up 40 catches, I think a healthy Nate Burleson, which is the goal, I can probably give a team 70-80 catches, which is a good deal."
Team site: Lions appear to be 'moving on' from Burleson
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/13/14) While there was some sentiment that receiver Nate Burleson could return to the Lions at a cheaper price, the official team website thinks differently. Beat writer Tim Twentyman posted on Twitter that it appears the Lions will move on from Burleson.
Report: Lions tell Nate Burleson they're cutting him
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/13/14) The Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions have told receiver Nate Burleson that they're cutting him. Burleson was set to count $5.5 million against the cap.
Burleson's season was marred by a broken arm suffered in an off-the-field accident. The 11-year veteran had just 39 catches for 461 yards and a touchdown last year.
Lions expected to add at least two receivers
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/10/14) "Tenuously thin" at wideout, the Lions are expected to add at least two receivers this offseason, reports MLive.com. One of those will be expected to start opposite Calvin Johnson.
"I'd like big and fast," new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi told the website when asked if he preferred size or speed in a No. 2 receiver. "But listen, if I was going to give a stock answer, I know what Calvin can do, how he can stretch the field, what his strengths are. I don't really know what his weaknesses are right now, but I'm sure, maybe there's something. So, you would say, 'Well, someone to work underneath?' You know, that would be an easy answer."
Kris Durham ended up as the No. 2 wideout most of last season, producing 490 receiving yards. The Lions clearly need "a more dynamic player" in that role, the report said.
Receiver Nate Burleson has said he'll take a pay cut to return, but there's no guarantee the sides will agree on a deal, according to the report.
Nate Burleson took one for the team in late February when he restructured his contract to stay with the Lions. That could work out for Burleson, too. The veteran is savvy enough to know playing opposite Calvin Johnson should net some quality numbers, much like he had in 2011 when he had 73 catches for 757 yards (and a lousy three touchdowns). Burleson was on his way to another season like that when he broke his leg in Week 7 was his 2012 was wiped out. Knowing Burleson should serve as the No. 2 receiver for the Lions with Ryan Broyles recovering from a torn ACL and no one else on the Lions roster to threaten the spot, Fantasy owners should consider Burleson for a bench spot, particularly in PPR formats. (Updated 4/26/13)