According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, “everyone of the Browns’ roster is potentially on the trading block.”
Garafolo reports that the Browns currently aren’t shopping WR Josh Gordon, but they did speak with teams and were reportedly asking for a “second-round pick and then some” in return.
In the end, Garafolo doesn’t think the Browns will ultimately trade Gordon.
Yesterday, Browns executive VP Sashi Brown said that they are “not looking to trade” Gordon, despite the recent talk.
Brown explained that there are hundreds conversations going around the league about players all the time, so it’s not surprising that Gordon’s name was mentioned in a report.
“I’m just not going to enter into any of the speculation,” Brown said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I understand what the interest is in Josh. There are literally hundreds of conversations going around the league about players all the time, and if we got into speculating about all the reports, about what could be going on and what conversations could be going on we’d be here for a much longer time than we have.”
For what it’s worth, two NFL GMs recently told Jason Cole of B/R that they have at best “mild interest” in Gordon.
Should the Browns make Gordon available for trade, the two GMs tell Cole that their best offer would be a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick for him.
According to Cole, there’s still concern from NFL teams regarding Gordon’s commitment to playing football, which is likely the reason they would only be willing to offer a conditional late-round pick for him.
Gordon will be suspended for the first four weeks of the 2016 season.
Gordon, 25, is a former second-round supplemental pick of the Browns back in 2012. He would have had just one more year remaining on his four-year, $5.342 million rookie contract that$3.8 million included guaranteed had he not been suspended during the 2014 season.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Gordon will be a restricted free agent in 2017, as he was limited to appearing in just five games during the 2014 season, due to a 10-game suspension coupled and a one-game suspension imposed by the Browns.
Gordon will have just three accrued NFL seasons by the start of free agency next year. In order to become an unrestricted free agent, a player needs four accrued seasons of NFL experience.
In 2014, Gordon appeared in five games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards receiving, but didn’t score a touchdown.