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Catching up on the overnight shift

I’m spending some time on the East Coast this week and obviously missed out by passing out Friday morning at 2 a.m. ET. So let’s catch up on the moves and news that occurred literally in the middle of the night. I’ll be back with analysis on all of them and more throughout the day. (“Black and Blue all over” is moot at this point.)

  • Detroit signed free agent receiver Nate Burleson to a five-year contract worth $25 million, according to ESPN’s John Clayton. Burleson was an excellent No. 2/No. 1 receiver for Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan when the two were in Minnesota earlier this decade. From the top, I can tell you Burleson is an upgrade over Bryant Johnson, that he is sure-handed and runs precise routes. He’s also a more-than-willing downfield blocker and a really decent guy. I like what the Lions have done in the past 24 hours.

  • Washington has scheduled a Friday visit with Green Bay left tackle Chad Clifton, who failed to reach an agreement with the Packers before Thursday night’s deadline. As we’ve discussed before, first-day visits usually lead to agreements. If that’s the case, the Packers will not have an obvious replacement at left tackle (sorry, T.J. Lang), with Julius Peppers apparently entering the division via Chicago. Yikes.

  • The Bears have reached agreement with the first of their three Friday visits, according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. Tight end Brandon Manumaleuna has agreed to a five-year contract, calling into question the Bears’ plans for veteran blocking tight end Desmond Clark. Manumaleuna is more of a blocker than a receiver. We’ll keep you updated on progress with Peppers and running back Chester Taylor.