It would be easy for the Browns to cut their losses with the troubled wide receiver, but at this point, they have no intention of doing so.
This from Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, who learned from a team source the Browns do intend to move Josh Gordon. That news follows an ESPN report that multiple clubs have contacted Cleveland about the wideout’s availability.
Frankly, unless another team is willing to knock their socks off with a trade, the Browns have little reason to pick up the phone. While it’s true Gordon has been suspended for all but five games over the past two seasons largely due to his apparent affinity for marijuana, Cleveland has nothing to lose by waiting to see if the 25-year-old can regain his Pro Bowl form.
And there’s reason to believe he can. Gordon has been working with the first-team offense this summer and appears poised to start for the Browns once he’s done serving a four-game suspension. With former Baylor teammate Robert Griffin III now breaking the huddle in Cleveland, the duo may also feel as though they have something to prove to the NFL.
Besides, what is another team really offering for a player who’s one slip-up away from another lengthy suspension? A late-round draft pick or two? Maybe even three to really sweeten the pot?
As much as the Browns are interested in accumulating picks, Gordon is potentially worth so much more. It seems like a long time ago, but the 6-foot-3, 225-pound wideout was arguably the best receiver in all of football in 2013, pulling in 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns during a breakout campaign. That’s probably worth a look to a Cleveland offense desperately in need of playmakers.
So it should come as no surprise to hear the Browns aren’t actively pursuing a trade, and aren’t doing a whole lot of listening apparently either. That should come as a relief to fans hoping the franchise can begin to turn things around after bottoming out once again in 2015 with a 2-14 record.