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The Cleveland Browns have announced it will part ways with their controversial wide receiver Josh Gordon. They will seek a trade initially, but all reports are that they will release him if nothing else is worked out.
The Browns are a team trying to change their culture for the 2018 season after going winless in 2017. They’ve made numerous additions to beef up their scoring attack and defense with players that are hungry to win.
Gordon was drafted back in 2012 by Cleveland with hopes of having a phenomenal talent in a Browns uniform for years to come. He had a breakout All-Pro season in 2013, finishing the year with 87 catches for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
That same year started a string of team and league suspensions for substance abuse. Mix in some ill-timed injuries, Gordon has been less than available for a team that has invested a lot of time and money in him.
Browns GM John Dorsey made a statement about the situation:
“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.”
The exact reason why the Browns have made this decision now is still unclear. Gordon was said to be late to the facility and looking out of sorts, which the team felt could be a red flag for substance abuse.
Gordon also supposedly hurt his hamstring during a photo shoot which was a non-team event and is now ruled out for Sunday’s game versus the New Orleans Saints.
The team has lost patience with Gordon and quite possibly just fed up with his overall shenanigans. Dorsey and head coach Hue Jackson can’t afford a distraction that could derail a somewhat positive start to the season.
Cleveland wants to show their fans and the world that this is a brand new team and the organization must have felt like Gordon was too much of a headache to support anymore.
Hopefully the 27-year old can get his mind on football before it becomes too much of a headache for every team to sign him.