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NFL Notes: Josh Gordon, Browns, Chiefs, & Jaguars


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Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Browns WR Josh Gordon, confirmed that his client’s appeal hearing will be coming up “soon.” (Mary Kay Cabot)

Gordon is facing suspension for an alleged failure of a marijuana test. However, he was recently arrested for DWI.

Gordon is still only 23 years old, and incredibly talented.  Even if he were to receive a full year suspension, he would return to the league as a 24-year old, presumably with one less year of wear and tear.


Browns QB Brian Hoyer is hopeful that he will be to practice without any limitations during training camp, but he’s still waiting to see how his surgically repaired knee will hold up. (Mary Kay Cabot)

“It hasn’t been discussed yet,” Hoyer said. “All I know is that when I left and I was begging them to let me practice, they said once training camp comes there won’t be any limitations, so we’ll see how it goes and take it day-by-day. Obviously we’re going to see how the knee’s feeling, but I’m geared up and ready to go and excited. I can’t wait for next Saturday.

Hoyer enters training camp as the team’s No. 1 quarterback, but he will need to hold off first-round pick Johnny Manziel in order to secure the job and possibly earn a long-term deal.


Chiefs QB Alex Smith told reporters on Thursday that he remains hopeful that the two sides will be able to work out a long-term agreement at some point in time.

“I’d love to have it done,” Smith said, via Randy Covitz of the Kansas City Star. “But when you’re talking about this many years and that type of deal, you want it done right. You want both sides happy, and you want it to be something that is going to last and you can play out. A lot of things go into it.

With that, there’s still plenty of time. I still have a whole year left. And who knows what will happen?

Last we heard regarding Smith, the two sides were reportedly “far apart” in negotiations, so I’m sure there is plenty of work still to be done.

Smith, 30, is entering the final year of his current deal and will make $7.5 million for the 2014 season. He counts just as much against the Chiefs salary cap, so a long-term deal would offer them some cap relief.

In his first season with the Chiefs, Smith led them to playoffs and played great in their first-round matchup against the Colts before an incredible turnaround from Indy. Smith also set career highs in passing yards with 3,313, rushing yards (431) and touchdowns (23) while only throwing seven interceptions.

We have Smith listed as the No. 20 player in our Top 25 – 2015 Free Agents list.


  • Jaguars LB Dekoda Watson underwent a procedure for sports-hernia surgery back in June and is expected to begin training camp on the active/PUP list. (Ryan O’Halloran)

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