Cabot seems to think that neither the front office or coaching staff is counting on Gordon to “return to the team and be the star that he once was.”
Interestingly enough, Cabot believes the Browns will likely consider trading Gordon if he stay clean and sober, and also work his way back after missing an extended period of time.
Cabot points out that the current Browns’ regime didn’t draft Gordon and could be skeptical that he won’t get suspended again.
Last we heard regarding Gordon, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reported that the Browns haven’t completely moved on from Gordon, who is currently serving a one-year suspension for multiple violations of the league’s drug and alcohol policy.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Fowler that they allow teams to contact a suspended player only through a player-engagement rep.
Gordon’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, mentioned a few weeks ago that Gordon has up to 10 drug or alcohol tests monthly.
“It’s a difficult process, and it’s meant to be difficult, obviously,” Rosenhaus told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “But I’ve got faith in him, and he’ll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL, in my opinion.”
Gordon, 24, would have had just one more year remaining on his four-year, $5.342 million rookie contract that$3.8 million included guaranteed.
However, Gordon’s suspension will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2015 season. Ian Rapoport mentioned a while back that Gordon’s suspension will keep be under contract through the 2016 season, at which point, he’ll just be a restricted free agent.
In 2014, Gordon appeared in five games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards receiving, but didn’t score a touchdown.