Exploring Lions' Top Trade, Free-Agent Options in Wake of Nate Burleson's Injury

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Exploring Lions' Top Trade, Free-Agent Options in Wake of Nate Burleson's Injury
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In what seems to be an annual adventure, the Detroit Lions are once again scrambling at receiver behind Calvin Johnson. 

Per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, starting receiver Nate Burleson broke his left arm in two places during a one-car accident Monday night. He is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday, which will force him out of the Lions lineup indefinitely. 

The unfortunate accident couldn't have come at a worse time or position for the Lions, as Burleson was having his best season to date (team-high 19 catches).  Now, the Lions have even shakier depth at receiver. Tuesday's developments are likely to force Detroit into action. 

According to Tim Twentyman of the team's official site, the Lions have already begun reaching out to teams in regards to receivers available for trade. The team could also bypass the trade route and find a replacement on the free-agent market. 

In the following slides, we'll present the top options currently available to the Lions. Both trades and free-agent acquisitions will be considered. 

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