The 11-year-pro told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Friday that he knew it was "50-50" whether he'd stay in Detroit or be cut.
"I'm lucky. I've been in the league for over 10 years so I wasn't too shocked," Burleson said. "It was a move they had to make. I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to retire a Lion, but I understand the business side of things."
"In my own career there I just wish I wasn't injured as much," said the man who missed 17 games the past two seasons. "When I was on the field I felt like I was very productive, a great piece to the team, a complement to Calvin (Johnson). In retrospect I had a great time here."
"I'd just like to go to a team that's got an established No. 1 (receiver) and work the slot," he said. "I've been able to show my versatility -- play outside, play inside -- and I can go somewhere and be a tall, strong slot receiver, chain-moving slot receiver. (I'm) talking about an offense that is productive and a team that can make it to the postseason. At this point I'm not playing for the dollars; I think it's very obvious."