However, a Browns team source tells Schefter that they are not looking to trade Gordon and are instead trying to establish an environment in which Gordon could thrive. Beyond that, many around the NFL view Hue Jackson as being the right coach to help Gordon get things turned around.
Schefter adds that it will still be interesting to see if a team is willing to part with enough to get the Browns interested.
The Browns activated Gordon from the active/non-football injury list after dealing with a quad injury since he was reinstated on a conditional basis by 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’ preseason. 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.
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 prior 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.