The sometimes-promising, often-troubled pairing of extensive receiver Josh Gordon and the Cleveland Browns seems executed.
On Saturday, the Browns introduced plans to release Gordon on Monday and, within the interim, are attempting to work out a commerce for him. The transfer comes just one game into Gordon’s newest try and return to the Browns and reestablish himself as a standout NFL player, following a collection of suspensions under the league’s substance abuse policy.
“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday,” Browns General Manager John Dorsey stated in a press release. “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.”
Gordon had a tying landing catch late in regulation final Sunday in Cleveland, because the Browns opened the season by tying the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-21. That 17-yard reception was his solely catch of the game.
The Browns play Sunday at New Orleans. Earlier Saturday, Cleveland dominated Gordon out of that game due to a hamstring harm.
“I’m extremely honored and blessed to have been able to grow up and start a life amongst such a passionate and motivated group of individuals,” Gordon wrote on Instagram Saturday, including: “P.S. anybody need a deep threat WR??”
According to a number of studies, Gordon arrived late to the Browns’ facility Saturday and team officials felt that he’d exhausted his alternatives with the group. The team reportedly has potential suitors, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. If that doesn’t occur, Gordon, 27, shall be free to signal with one other NFL team if any chooses to present him an opportunity.
Gordon established himself as one of many league’s most promising younger players when he had 87 catches for 1,646 yards and 9 touchdowns in 14 games as a second-year professional in 2013. But off-field points and suspensions derailed his profession. Gordon has performed in solely 11 regular-season NFL games since then.
Gordon rejoined the Browns on Aug. 18, after being absent from the team because the begin of coaching camp, reportedly to hunt further counseling for nervousness and psychological health points.
“As I humbly return to being a member of this team with an opportunity to get back to playing this game I love, I realize in order for me to reach my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being,” Gordon wrote on social media when he rejoined the team.
In that day’s assertion, Gordon thanked the Browns, the league, the NFL Players Association and others, and wrote: “This has by no means been an easy road and I’m extremely grateful to have all of you in my life.”
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