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Lions release former Wolf Pack receiver

Nate Burleson has 457 catches in 11 NFL seasons.
Nate Burleson has 457 catches in 11 NFL seasons.
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Nate Burleson is looking for a new NFL home.

The Detroit Lions released the former Nevada Wolf Pack wide receiver on Thursday, clearing over $7 million in salary cap space. The 32-year-old Burleson has played 11 seasons in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings (2003-05), Seattle Seahawks (2006-09) and Lions (2010-13) and has 457 catches for 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Burleson is one of the Wolf Pack's all-time leading receivers. Elected to the Wolf Pack Hall of Fame this past fall, Burleson caught 248 passes for 3,287 yards and 22 touchdowns in a Wolf Pack uniform from 2000-02.

The 6-foot, 198-pound Burleson owns the Wolf Pack single season record for receptions with 138 in 2002. That season he caught a Pack-record 19 passes in one game against UTEP. His 326 receiving yards against San Jose State in 2001 is also a Pack record.

Burleson was drafted by the Vikings in the third round in 2003 after catching 138 passes for 1,629 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2002 for the Pack.

It didn't take long for Burleson to make his mark in the NFL. He caught 68 passes for 1,006 yards and nine touchdowns in just his season season in the league in 2004 with the Vikings. His first NFL reception came in his very first game, a 6-yard catch from quarterback Daunte Culpepper in a 24-13 win over the Chicago Bears on Sept. 14, 2003.

Burleson's first NFL touchdown came on a 22-yard pass from Gus Frerotte in a 35-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 28, 2003. His first 100-yard game came on Oct. 17, 2004 when he had six catches for 134 yards against the New Orleans Saints. His first game with at least 10 catches came on Nov. 8, 2004 when he had 11 catches for 141 yards against the Indianapolis Colts.

Burleson has played seven postseason games in his NFL career, catching 23 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns.

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