Josh Gordon’s troubled tenure with the Cleveland Browns is coming to an finish.
The staff introduced Saturday evening that it intends to launch the previous Professional Bowl broad receiver on Monday.
The Browns supplied no particulars behind their determination to half methods with Gordon, however a supply instructed ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that he broke the staff’s “belief” when he reported to the ability Saturday with a hamstring difficulty after being a full participant in apply all week. The supply mentioned there have been different “mitigating components” inclusive of present and previous incidents.
A number of league sources instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter that they imagine the Browns will commerce Gordon earlier than Monday, including that groups already are calling the Browns.
Gordon’s immense expertise has been overshadowed by substance abuse that has derailed a promising profession. He has been suspended by the NFL for many of the previous 4 seasons due to a number of drug violations, and the Browns have been supportive of him for years as he has tried to show issues round.
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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield mentioned “It does not get a lot greater than that” when requested about Drew Brees’ effusive reward for him. Sizing up Mayfield, the Saints’ QB instructed reporters Wednesday, “I feel he could be a lot higher than me.”
“This afternoon we knowledgeable Josh Gordon and his representatives that we’re going to launch him on Monday,” common supervisor John Dorsey mentioned in an announcement. “For the previous six years, the Browns have absolutely supported and invested in Josh, each personally and professionally and wished one of the best for him, however sadly we have reached some extent the place we really feel it is best to half methods and transfer ahead. We want Josh effectively.”
Gordon posted an Instagram story later Saturday through which he thanked the Browns and their followers.
“Big s/o to town of Cleveland. This place will all the time really feel like dwelling to me.. I am extraordinarily honored and blessed to have been in a position to develop up and begin a life amongst such a passionate and motivated group of people.. It has been a hell of a journey with you guys. I want all of you nothing however one of the best.. Because of the @ClevelandBrowns group for having me, I am going to always remember my time right here.
“Identical ebook, subsequent chapter..”
Gordon ended the submit by writing, “P.S. Anyone want a deep risk WR??”
Gordon is a vested veteran and isn’t topic to waivers. If he’s minimize by the Browns, he’ll change into a free agent. If one other staff trades for Gordon, he’ll play this season for his minimal wage and could be tendered after this season.
The Browns declared Gordon out earlier Saturday due to a hamstring damage and left him in Cleveland earlier than the staff departed for New Orleans to play the Saints on Sunday. Gordon had not been on the damage report all week.
A supply instructed Schefter that Gordon harm the hamstring at a promotional shoot, not at apply. The occasion was not sponsored by the staff however was for a line of merchandise, presumably clothes, that the receiver was endorsing, the supply mentioned.
Gordon, 27, missed three weeks of coaching camp this summer season to bear counseling and remedy, and he not too long ago mentioned he was in a superb place mentally and bodily.
He performed in final week’s season opener in opposition to Pittsburgh, his first look in a Week 1 recreation since 2012, when he was a rookie.
Gordon was anticipated to have an expanded position Sunday in opposition to the Saints after being focused solely 3 times in a tie in opposition to Pittsburgh. He caught a game-tying, 17-yard landing go within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Steelers however was principally used as a decoy.
Gordon began the opener regardless of coach Hue Jackson saying he would not be on the sphere for the primary snap as punishment for lacking camp. Jackson blamed Gordon’s look on the primary play to a “mistake” and “miscommunication.”
Jackson refused to elaborate on the scenario this week, saying he and the teaching workers wished to “transfer on.”
Gordon emerged as one in every of professional soccer’s most dynamic gamers in 2013, when he led the league with 1,646 yards receiving and scored 9 touchdowns. Gordon missed the 2015 season due to a drug suspension and opted to spend 2016 in rehab.
He sat out the primary 11 video games final yr earlier than returning for Cleveland’s last 5 video games.
The Browns chosen Gordon within the 2012 supplemental draft regardless of his background of drug use in school at Baylor.
With Gordon gone, the Browns’ passing recreation will rely extra closely on broad receivers Jarvis Landry and Rashard Higgins. Promising rookie Antonio Callaway additionally might get extra appears.
Cleveland additionally introduced in free agent Dez Bryant for a go to final month throughout coaching camp, however the two sides failed to achieve a deal.
The Related Press contributed to this report.