Monday, 22 October, 2018

Josh Gordon let go by Cleveland Browns following substance abuse problems

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon plays against the Pittsburgh Steelers during an NFL football game, in Cleveland. Gordon will miss Sunday’s game in New Orleans with a hamst Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns
Betsy Taylor | 17 September, 2018, 06:01

Update (Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m.): Per multiple reports, if the Cleveland Browns were to be able to trade WR Josh Gordon before releasing him on Monday - two landing spots the former Baylor star has in mind are the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.

Gordon will not be subject to waivers if/when the Brown release him, and ESPN's Adam Schefter eventually reported the team is "more likely" to trade him than release him and teams were already calling.

No specifics were given over the reasoning behind Gordon's departure, but the 27 -year-old thanked the city of Cleveland following the news via an Instagram story. He caught a game-tying, 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter but was mostly used as a decoy. Kyle Shanahan was Gordon's offensive coordinator in Cleveland during the 2014 season, in which Gordon appeared in just five games before being suspended for a drunk driving incident.

The 49ers could certainly use another playmaker of Gordon's caliber at receiver.

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. "This place will always feel like home to me".


The Browns have invested a lot of time and energy into Josh Gordon's mental and physical wellness, and have likely reached a point where they feel he is not responding well enough to their interventions, on account of his personal life taking its toll.

"I wish all of you nothing but the best ..."

The Patriots have needs a wide receiver. And according to Schefter, Gordon injured that hamstring at a "promotional shoot".

He started the opener despite coach Hue Jackson saying Gordon wouldn't be on the field for the first snap as punishment for missing camp.

Gordon missed more than three weeks of training camp this summer while receiving treatment tied to his struggle with addiction. The receiver led the league with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, despite the fact that he only played in 14 games.

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