The Browns have insisted they are not trading Josh Gordon on numerous occasions, but as we all know by now, everybody has a price.
Apparently Cleveland’s price for the troubled-but-talented wide receiver was a second-round draft pick — “and then some.” This according to Mike Garafolo for the NFL Network, whose sources say the Browns did in fact field calls on Gordon despite any statements to the contrary.
Of course, it’s possible for all statements to be true. Just because teams are calling about Gordon doesn’t mean the Browns were shopping him, and just because they didn’t immediately hang up the phone doesn’t mean they were seriously considering trading him.
For a second-round pick plus more, how serious could the Browns possibly be? The 6-foot-3, 225-pound wideout would easily be worth that and more if he could stay off the NFL’s naughty list, but Gordon has appeared in just five games during the last two years and is suspended for four games in 2016.
So if a team offered the Browns a second-rounder and, say, a fourth plus another late pick, could anybody really blame them for turning that down?
It appears the rest of the NFL wasn’t biting, and it’s no wonder, which is why it’s easy for the Browns to claim they aren’t trading Gordon. The 2013 Pro Bowler doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon, not with all of his baggage and at the current asking price.