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Nate Burleson encourages Jahvid Best to retire

Teammate wants Lions running back to be healthy Brad Biggs

Print This February 20, 2013, 07:52 AM EST

It is no secret the Detroit Lions are in the market for a change-of-pace running back this offseason, the kind of dynamic threat the team had in Jahvid Best, whose career has been sidelined by concussions.

Best has not played in more than 1 ½ seasons and it is highly unlikely he returns to play in a Lions uniform.

Detroit wide receiver Nate Burleson encouraged Best to shut it down during an appearance on NFL Network’s “Total Access.”

I spoke to him last season,” said Burleson, according to MLive.com. "Jahvid could have easily been one of the best running backs to put on a Lions jersey. He's that type of player.

“The reason I'm talking in past tense is because he's dealing with a different type of concussion. In conversations with him, he was able to tell me that he wasn't sure if he was going to decide to come back and play the game that he loves so much, he's so young, or if he's going to decide to chalk it up. Being a guy that loves him as an individual versus him as a player, I just told him honestly man, I'd rather see you healthy at 65 than healthy at 25."

The Lions were banking on Best coming back last season to pair with Mikel Leshoure. They will not make that mistake again this season.

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