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CLEVELAND -- The Browns plan to give Nate Burleson plenty of responsibilities. Minkah Fitzpatrick Jersey . One of them probably wont be delivering pizza. A free agent wide receiver with 12 years of NFL experience, Burleson agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Browns on Sunday night. Burleson, who has made 103 career starts and played in 135 games since he was drafted in the third round by Minnesota in 2003, finished last season with 39 catches for 461 yards with Detroit. However, he missed half the year after breaking his left arm in a car accident when he said he tried to stop pizza boxes from sliding off the passenger seat of his car. Even after the embarrassing mishap, Burleson kept his sense of humour and celebrated a touchdown catch in his first game back from the injury by holding the ball aloft like it was a freshly made pizza. "I buckled my seat belt first," he quipped. Burleson spent four seasons with the Lions, who released him in February in a salary-cap move. The 6-foot, 198-pounder, who has been limited to 15 games over the past two seasons because of injuries, also visited with the Miami Dolphins before he met with the Browns on Saturday. Burleson gives the Browns experience and depth at receiver. Hell also be able to mentor young wideout Josh Gordon, an emerging star who led the league in yards receiving last season. Burleson is the second free agent receiver signed by the club. Cleveland added Andrew Hawkins last month, swiping the speedy slot receiver from the rival Cincinnati Bengals. Burleson has 457 career receptions for 5,630 yards and 39 touchdowns. Mike Gesicki Dolphins Jersey . Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing Cincinnatis fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games. Brandon Phillips, celebrating his 33rd birthday, hit a go-ahead homer in the ninth for the Reds before pinch-hitter Buster Posey tied it with an RBI double off hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom half. Dan Marino Jersey . Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show. Super Bowl halftime performers often have collaborators.FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Geno Smith knows many fans have already moved on from him.With the New York Jets sitting at a dreadful 2-11, the race is on for the No. 1 draft pick — and possibly Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston coming to town as the teams new quarterback.To some fans, the Jets game at Tennessee on Sunday offers the franchise a chance to lose and have a better shot at that top selection — a notion that offends Smith.Yeah, a little bit, but I cant worry about it, Smith said Wednesday. Im just going out there and do what I have to do to win the game. I cant make any decisions on anything other than that. So yeah, I just focus on doing my job.At a charity event in Manhattan on Tuesday, Smith told Newsday that he has shown flashes of being a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback during his mostly shaky two NFL seasons.The statement likely made many fans roll their eyes, especially considering Smith has thrown 33 interceptions — including eight returned for TDs — and is 9-17 as a starter.When I was talking about it, I was speaking on consistency, Smith clarified Wednesday. That was my main key, is that I feel like I have the tools and I have what it takes to be that, but obviously, it takes consistency and Ive been very inconsistent in my two years here.It remains to be seen whether that lack of consistency will cost Smith his job as the teams starting quarterback — or even a spot on the roster. With the futures of coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik uncertain, a new regime could have its own plans.Ryan smiled when he was asked about Smiths declaration that he has shown flashes of Pro Bowl-type play.Yeah, Ryan said with a pause. And then, he hasnt.Ryan went on to praise Smiths confidence and work ethic, saying he wants his players to strive to be among the leagues best. He also insisted that Smith is working toward being a consistent performer.Still, the Pro Bowl seems a long way off for a playeer who has a 68. Dan Marino Dolphins Jersey. 0 quarterback rating with eight touchdown passes and 12 interceptions during a season many believed Smith would be better.Ryan said its really unfair to say whether Smith can be a top quarterback in the league because the sample size is still too small to make a definitive judgment.He does have a lot of God-given ability, Ryan said. He can move and he has a good arm. He has the arm talent to play in this league, without question, and now he is working on those other things.Wide receiver Percy Harvin came to the Jets in October from Seattle, where he played with Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson and won a Super Bowl. Harvin has seen enough from Smith in two months to make a positive evaluation.I definitely think Genos going to be a starter — a great starter — in this league, Harvin said. I think he definitely has all the tools, the work ethic, so if (the Pro Bowl) is his goal, I dont see why he cant reach it.It wasnt long ago — about 17 months — that Jets fans were clamouring for Smith to start as a rookie over Mark Sanchez. Smith, a second-round pick, was the new guy in town and Sanchez was old news. Smith saw what Sanchez went through as far as the critics before being lost for the year in the preseason with a shoulder injury.It was tough on Mark, it was tough on all of us, Smith said. It was tough on me. Im not going to sit here and say Im immune to it. But my demeanour is to always work harder and stand firm and believe in myself, so Im not going to ever waver in no way.Smith has suddenly found himself in the same situation Sanchez was in. He has no idea what his football future holds, but he has three more games to end the season on a good note — as he did last season.The only thing that I can try to do, Smith said, is those that dont believe in me, try to win them over by playing well.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Disocunt Football Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap NFL Black Jerseys Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Authentic Jerseys Cheap NFL Womens Jerseys ' ' '