Cleveland Browns Release Josh Gordon
In a shocking move, the Cleveland Browns announced that they will release star wideout Josh Gordon on Monday. Gordon has struggled with off the field issues in the past, but it was thought that these problems were behind him. Gordon was supposed to be a foundational piece of this new look Browns offense. According to Ian Rapoport, Gordon was late to the team facility today and injured his hamstring during practice. He was reportedly “not himself,” which could be a sign of substance abuse. It became a matter of trust for Cleveland.
General Manager John Dorsey released a statement, saying “For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally, and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”
For the Browns, this leaves Jarvis Landry atop the receiver depth chart, followed by Antonio Callaway and Rashard Higgins. Do not be surprised when they dip into the free agent market very soon, which is headlined by veterans Dez Bryant and Jeremy Maclin. They will have to rely heavily on the pedigree of Landry until then, along with their three-headed monster backfield of Carlos Hyde, Duke Johnson, and Nick Chubb.
As for Gordon, he will not be unemployed for very long. Known around the NFL as “Flash Gordon,” he has the ideal size and speed for a top wide receiver and has one of the highest ceilings in the NFL. Gordon went for over 1600 yards receiving in 2013, flashing some of that eye-popping potential. Still just 27 years old, his service should be well sought after. Teams in need of a playmaker of his caliber include the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Buffalo Bills. However, the New York Giants have the first waiver priority, followed by the Indianapolis Colts.
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