Sources within the Browns have told that they’ve become “wary” with all of the issues Gordon has dealt with since entering the NFL.
Gordon will be forced to serve a four-game suspension at the start of the season, but he can at least participate in the Browns’ training camp. Beyond that, Gordon will still have to participate in treatment during this period.
The good news it that the NFL will allow Gordon to take part in meetings during his four-game suspension.
Mary Kay Cabot points out that Gordon’s suspension will cost him $251,389 of his $1,068,406 2016 salary.
Last Wednesday, Gordon met with commissioner Goodell regarding being reinstated and continuing his NFL career. Reports said that he may have to wait until August 1 to be reinstated, but it appears as though Goodell decided to give him an opportunity to join the team for training camp.
Back in April, the NFL denied Gordon’s petition for reinstatement from his indefinite suspension, and there was talk that the league could wait two-three months and see if Gordon could remain clean without any further issues before re-considering reinstating him to the league.
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.
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 before becoming a restricted free agent in 2017.
In 2014, Gordon appeared in five games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards receiving, but didn’t score a touchdown.