Browns More Likely To Trade Josh Gordon Than Release Him

Browns More Likely To Trade Josh Gordon Than Release Him

When the Cleveland Browns shockingly announced they'd be releasing Josh Gordon on Monday, fans everywhere had the same question on their minds: why?

We don't know the official word yet, but the Browns clearly reached the end of their rope with Gordon, who is one of the most talented receivers in the National Football League but has struggled with his sobriety and been a thorn in the Browns' side after the team went above and beyond to help him recover. Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reported that Gordon was "not himself" when he showed up to the Browns' facility Saturday.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen says this decision was the culmination of many factors and that the Browns no longer felt they could trust Gordon.

The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected".

Gordon, who returned in December from a three-year suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy, was expected to play a key role on a new-look Browns offense this fall.

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It's important to note the team has not formally made any roster move with Gordon.

However, after that Pro Bowl season, Gordon was suspended for 44 consecutive games dating back to the final week of the 2014 season, which was a team ban for reportedly missing a walk-through prior to a trip to Baltimore to play the Ravens.

Gordon missed the majority of training camp, taking time to make a concerted effort to improve his mental and physical health.

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon, 27, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games with the Browns. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning previous year.

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