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Browns Could Consider Trading Josh Gordon Upon Returning From Suspension?

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are taking a “wait-and-see approach” with suspended WR Josh Gordon.

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.

  • dave_hanna

    Trade him for what, a used Ford pick up or Honda sedan? No one will touch him with a 10′ pole. Good luck Browns, more of your fine decision making. Going after the Cubs record of a millennium without a title…

  • William M Klepper

    Mary K missed this by a country mile. Gordon has something to prove to the NFL, the Browns, and the Cleveland Brown fans. For those betting on him to come back have failed to take in to account. He was caught in a trap set by NFL to test him after his plane trip with the Browns. Something fishy there. He wasn’t originally placed on probation for drinking, but for Marijuana. He was clean of that. The Browns charter flight offered him the drinks, fully knowing what awaited Gordon when he landed. They will share some guilt from that. No they won’t trade him. They owe him that.

  • Lamart Jernigan

    If the BROWNS let Josh Gordon go I’m done!!!!

  • kenh

    No way do you trade a talent like Gordon. He missed games 2 seasons ago and still led the league in ydg. He’s young, he’ll grow out of it. Receivers with his talent don’t come along every draft.

  • davewr58

    I think MKC is right about this situation. Gordon is a spoiled, unrepentant prima donna who will never be trustworthy again. Trade him ASAP and get rid of the problem. He is a disruption to the team that is coming together. Get rid of Manziel also and then move on from all the bad publicity these two bring.

  • Vaughn

    Once again Mary K Cabot doesn’t have a clue. How is she still employed in beyond me. It doesn’t matter who selected him or what Front Office was here. If he shows he can stay on the field the Browns are not going to just let him go or trade him. That would be foolish to trade your most explosive player.

    • Lamart Jernigan

      I know right? She just don’t have a clue!! We need another beat writer

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