Identifying 6 Nate Burleson Replacement Options for the Detroit Lions

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Mohamed Massaquoi (free agent)

May 13, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (13) catches a pass during organized team activities at The Florida Blue Health

The good news about Mohamed Massaquoi is that he has some physical talent, he’s available, and he played with Matthew Stafford at Georgia.

The bad news? He was cut by the Jaguars in training camp. If he wasn’t good enough to make that team, it might be time to look into a different league. Besides, Kris Durham was Stafford’s college roommate, and that hasn’t exactly helped their chemistry this year.

This is one of those moves that would be a pure kick of the tires. It wouldn’t cost the Lions much to try and see if they can resurrect his career, but it’s highly likely they wouldn’t get much out of the act.

Risk: Low

All it would cost the Lions to get him is a phone call and a one-year league minimum contract.

Reward: Low

Massaquoi wouldn’t be so much a replacement for Burleson as he would be an extra body at the bottom of the depth chart. He has the tools to succeed, at least physically, but the odds of him suddenly exploding in the Lions’ offense are exceedingly low. He could be solid with some work, though.