Should the Browns make Gordon available for trade, the two GMs tell Cole that their best offer would be a conditional sixth- or seventh-round pick for him.
According to Cole, there’s still concern from NFL teams regarding Gordon’s commitment to playing football, which is likely the reason they would only be willing to offer a conditional late-round pick for him.
Yesterday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that multiple teams have reached out to the Browns to inquire about potential trades involving Gordon, but Cleveland is not looking to trade him.
Gordon will be suspended for the first four weeks of the 2016 season.
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 had he not been suspended during the 2014 season.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Gordon will be a restricted free agent in 2017, as he was limited to appearing in just five games during the 2014 season, due to a 10-game suspension coupled and a one-game suspension imposed by the Browns.
Gordon will have just three accrued NFL seasons by the start of free agency next year. In order to become an unrestricted free agent, a player needs four accrued seasons of NFL experience.
In 2014, Gordon appeared in five games and caught 24 passes for 303 yards receiving, but didn’t score a touchdown.