Josh Gordon, the former Pro Bowl wide receiver, has missed 27 of the Cleveland Browns’ last 32 games, and will miss the first four games of the forthcoming season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. And yet, multiple teams are willing to trade for Gordon, per reports.
Josh Gordon wishes to stay put
According to ESPN, several teams have inquired with the Browns about the possibility of landing Gordon via trade, even though the 25-year-old has maintained that he wishes to remain in Cleveland.
“I haven’t heard too much about it. Cleveland is my team. That’s where I want to be, everything like that. That’s not even in the ballpark for me. I’m not sure how that works,” Gordon said on Tuesday.
According to several analysts, Gordon would thrive under new Browns coach Hue Jacskon, who has spoken highly of the fifth-year player. “I think it works out perfectly then for me (under Jackson),” said Bryant when asked about playing under the new coach.
“Mr. (Jimmy) Haslam, the organization, Coach Jackson, I think the world of those guys, this city, this organization. They’re showing me the love and respect back to me by allowing me to stay here up to this point. I expect to move forward with that. I’m excited about it. This is where I want to be and I’m happy to be with Cleveland,” added Brown.
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Possible trade suitors…
A few weeks ago, there were several reports that the Philadelphia Eagles were interested in trading for the Browns receiver. According to this CBS Sports report, the New England Patriots, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts would all be good fits for Gordon.
However, the report didn’t mention the Eagles, who have been strongly linked with Gordon for several weeks. According to Tom Ignudo of Inside The Iggles, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford would greatly benefit from the addition of Gordon.
“Bradford, who has struggled to get the ball down the field at times, would get a proven threat in Gordon, who averages 17. 1 yards per catch, and on top of that, his 161 receptions, 2,754-yards and 14 touchdowns in 35 games are exactly what the Eagles need on the outside this season,” wrote Ignudo.
According to ESPN’s Pat McManamon, the Browns shouldn’t hesitate to trade Gordon for future draft picks. “The Browns may not be interested in trading Gordon, but they have to listen.
“Gordon has potential every season to play the way he did in 2013, when he led the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards. But he’s also been completely undependable since that season,” opined the senior NFL writer.
Josh Gordon, suspended for the first four games of the season, has been practicing with the Browns and is expected to return for the October 9 fixture against the Patriots.