Before the start of Sunday’s game against the Vikings, there were reports that the Browns were talking about other trades in the wake of dealing running back Trent Richardson to the Colts.
Wide receiver Josh Gordon, set to make his season debut after a two-game suspension, was one of the players mentioned as a possible departure. He spent Sunday making his best case for sticking around. Gordon said that he heard reports about his inclusion in trade talks before kickoff and then went out and had 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in the 31-27 victory in Minnesota.
After the game, he said he wanted to stay as a weapon in the offense run by coach Rob Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
“I always want to stay here and be a Cleveland Brown and help this organization as much as possible,” Gordon said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I love the offense, love Norv and coach. I’m learning a lot. From a wide receiver standpoint, it’s the best offense to be in, and I can’t complain at all. It’s a business. So [a trade] can happen at any given time. Whatever decision is made, that’s above me. You’ve got to got out there and play. If you’re going to go out there and not be focused, you might get your head knocked off. So I had to go out there and stand between the lines.”
Browns CEO Joe Banner said the Browns have “no intention” of making other trades, which falls short of slipping the “Gone Fishing” sign on the store window for the rest of the day. Gordon’s day on Sunday could lead someone to make an offer that makes the Browns ignore their intentions, assuming, of course, it didn’t make the Browns more eager to keep him in the fold.