Josh Gordon: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on WR's Future with Browns

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 26: Wide Receiver Josh Gordon #12 of the Cleveland Browns warms up before the start of a preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Browns 30 to 13. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon's days with the team could be numbered as Tuesday's trade deadline approaches.

Continue for updates.

Gordon on Trade Block?

Sunday, Oct. 30

After ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Gordon was released from rehab, Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot cited a league source in reporting that "the Browns will likely try to trade him by Tuesday's deadline." Cabot wrote:

League spokesman Brian McCarthy told cleveland.com that a club can trade the contract of a player on indefinite suspension.

He will, however, have to go through the reinstatement process spelled out in the NFL's substance abuse policy. It involves a formal application to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to let him back in the league.


Coach Hue Jackson has emphatically stated that the Browns "have moved on from Gordon'' and a source said they'll likely try to trade him.

"The Browns actively pursued a trade involving Gordon before the talented but troubled wide receiver decided to check himself into an inpatient rehabilitation facility, multiple sources told Schefter," according to ESPN.com on Oct. 2.

ESPN.com provided more at the time:

The Browns had discussions about Gordon with other teams as recently as last week and were looking to acquire a first- or second-day draft pick, sources told Schefter.

But Gordon's trade value crashed after his announcement Thursday that he will enter the rehab facility, citing a need to "gain full control of my life."

One source familiar with Gordon's case told Schefter that the receiver would not have decided to enter the facility "without slipping up."

Gordon May Not Suit Up for Browns Again

Friday, Sept. 30

According to ESPN.com's Dan Graziano, a source indicated that the Browns are planning on parting ways with the troubled wideout.

Gordon has been suspended multiple times for drug violations over the past few seasons, and per ESPN.com's Pat McManamon, he entered rehab less than one week before the NFL was scheduled to reinstate him.

"Today is really the last JG comment I want to make about that," Browns head coach Hue Jackson said, according to ESPN.com. "I think what's best for our football team is we move forward and we move on. He's not going to be with us and we wish him well, but we'll move forward. We'll move on."

Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season after he violated the NFL's drug policy. He missed all but five games in 2014 because of a suspension.

Gordon Among Most Skilled NFL WRs

The 2013 campaign was a banner year for the former Baylor standout. He was named a first-team All-Pro thanks to his 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games.

Gordon is one of the best and most dynamic receivers in football when he is on the field, but those instances have been few and far between over the past three years.

Cleveland selected wideout Corey Coleman in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft, and Terrelle Pryor has emerged as a quality pass-catcher as well. While Coleman is out with a broken hand, the Browns boast plenty of talented receivers, including Andrew Hawkins and tight end Gary Barnidge.

Gordon still has the potential to be great, though, which is why it is likely the 25-year-old will get another chance following his rehab stint.


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