After losing their most productive wide receiver for the entire season earlier this week, the Browns have decided to move on without the most experienced member of their receiving corps. They cut 33-year-old Nate Burleson on Saturday. He missed most of the preseason due to a hamstring injury, and Cleveland chose to go with youngsters Charles Johnson and Willie Snead over him.
The Browns figure to open the regular season with Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins as their top two wideouts.
You have to figure that retirement is a likely scenario for Burleson. It doesn't bode well for his NFL future that one of the league's most wide receiver-needy teams (on paper, at least) said they don't have room for him.
Fantasy owners have been taking the smart route and avoiding this WR group altogether; it figures to be a huge weakness for this team. No Browns wide receiver is being selected within the top 160 picks of most drafts on average.