Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson is fully prepared for what lies ahead.

The 11-year veteran was on the Vikings and Seahawks when they fired coaches Mike Tice and Jim Mora, respectively, and as the Lions search for Jim Schwartz’s replacement, Burleson knows his future is far from guaranteed.

“I could easily be next,” Burleson said Monday. “It’s part of the business.”

The Lions owe Burleson $5.5 million next year, and for a guy who played 15 games the last two seasons and will turn 33 before the 2014 season begins, that’s a steep price tag.

Burleson acknowledged as much last week, which is why he’s willing to take a pay cut to come back to Detroit next year.

“I’m not attached to a dollar sign,” Burleson said. “I’d rather take less money and help some other guys get paid and stay with the team that I like, stay in a city I like and finish off in a place where I get love and I give love back.

“That’s just being honest with myself, and I’m pretty sure (the front office is) thinking the same way.”

Burleson’s leadership is unquestioned, and several players point to him as one of the most respected veterans on the team