Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Browns coaching staff and personnel department weren’t counting on Pro Bowl WR Josh Gordon this year. However, “doubt is creeping in” whether Gordon will ever suit up for the Browns again.
This comes just a few hours after news broke that Gordon had been arrested in North Carolina for driving while intoxicated. On top of that, Gordon is facing a potential indefinite suspension from the league, but is currently in the appeals process.
Mary Kay Cabot’s sources admitted having concerns that Gordon could have a “tough time making it back into the NFL” if he is forced to stay away from his support system.
Apparently, they were spot on as Gordon appears to be incapable of preventing off-the-field issues.
Gordon, 23, still has two years remaining on his four-year, $5.342 million contract that includes $3.8 million guaranteed. Given that he is coming off of a breakout season and is clearly the Browns best offensive weapon, it appeared as though he was going to be in a position to secure a huge contract, but this is now the least of his concerns.
Former Browns CEO Joe Banner confirmed that they turned down an offer that included a second-round pick and players. As things stand right now, there is no chance of an NFL team offering the Browns any compensation for Gordon whatsoever.
Hopefully, Gordon is able to get himself some help and work on turning things around in the coming years.
We’ll have more updates regarding Gordon and his suspension as the news is available.