“I don’t honestly know if the Browns could even get a draft pick for him right now,” McManamon responded.
McManamon mentions that the most comparable example for situation could be when the Raiders traded WR Randy Moss to Patriots for a fourth-round pick back in 2007.
Of course, the details of the situations are quite different given that Gordon is facing a potential year-long suspension while Moss was a disgruntled receiver with a poor attitude.
Gordon, 23, has been participating in OTAs in recent weeks as his appeal is pending. He could end up receiving a reduced suspension after failing his second drug test while in the NFL, but we’ll have to see how the situation progresses in the coming months.
He is coming off of a breakout season and is clearly the Browns best offensive weapon. You would have to think the Browns will look to add a receiver in the second-round just to mitigate the loss the Gordon and add another long-term option at receiver.
Last year, Gordon caught 87 receptions for 1,646 yards receiving and scored nine touchdowns for Cleveland.
Tandler points to a strong endorsement from HC Jay Gruden as being a pretty good indication that Moss remains a part of the team’s plans this season.
“I like having guys like that, veteran guys who are great examples for rookies and also can help you win in big games,” Gruden said of Moss.
Moss, 35, is entering his 14th season in the NFL, so there is some question as to whether or not he’s capable of playing a meaningful role in the team’s offense. Washington bolstered their receiving corps with offseason with the additions of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts, which means it could take an impressive training camp from Moss to secure one of the team’s final roster spots.
He signed a one-year contract worth $1.02 million contract back in March. Last year, he appeared in all 16 games and caught 42 passes 452 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Williamson would’t rule out the idea of Baldwin possibly being converted to tight end, but doesn’t believe a change in position would ultimately help his chances of making the final 53-man roster.
Baldwin, 24, came over from the Chiefs last year in a swap of former first-round picks, which included A.J. Jenkins. He agreed to structure his contract a few months ago, which reduced his salary to $645,000 and included $755,000 in incentives that he could receive depending on playing time and overall production this season.
Last year, he appeared in seven games and totaled just three receptions for 28 yards.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Pro Football Talk) reports that people around the NFL expect commissioner Roger Goodell to suspend Colts owner Jim Irsay for six to eight games and possibly include a fine close to $1 million.
Michael David Smith of PFT mentions that, as of now, we don’t know have a concrete idea of what a suspension involving a team owner would consist of. Irsay could obviously be barred from attending games as well as appearing at the team’s facilities during his suspension, but beyond that and a fine, it’s hard to say what the league would consider to be a reasonable course of action.
The league will almost cretainly wait until Irsay is sentenced for the charges he’s facing from the incident in which operating a vehicle while intoxicated a few months ago.
It will be interesting to see how Goodell elects discipline an owner given that his salary is paid by the owners, and there isn’t a a lot precedent for this type of situation.
I’m sure the NFLPA will be equally interested in Goodell’s decision.