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Gordon asks Browns for permission to go to CFL

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Receiver Josh Gordon is suspended from the NFL.  But that doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t be playing football this year.

Per a league source, Gordon has asked the Browns for permission to play in the CFL for the balance of the Canadian league’s season.  Permission is required because Gordon remains under contract with the Browns.

Here’s the relevant language, from paragraph 3 of the NFL Player Contract:  “Without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

In 2007, the Titans actually sued cornerback Pacman Jones, who wanted to do a little pro wrestling during his one-year suspension.  Jones ultimately agreed to not actually do anything that could risk injury.

But the Browns may not have the last word, if they agree to let Gordon go to the CFL.  After the Dolphins allowed then-suspended running back Ricky Williams to play for the Toronto Argonauts, the CFL reportedly adopted a policy preventing suspended NFL players from playing in the CFL.

Then again, receiver LaVon Brazill remains suspended by the NFL, and he recently joined the Toronto Arognauts’ practice squad.  Being cut by the Colts means that he needs no permission to play in Canada.  But Brazill’s NFL suspension remains in full force and effect.

So whatever the CFL’s current policy is or isn’t, it’s apparently sufficiently malleable to allow the league to do whatever it wants to do.  Why wouldn’t it want Gordon?

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57 Responses to “Gordon asks Browns for permission to go to CFL”
  1. fcoprado says: Aug 28, 2014 10:40 AM

    Take Justin Bieber with you!

  2. ariani1985 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:40 AM

    Or join the Packers defense…..equivalent to a CFL defense!!!!

  3. completefan says: Aug 28, 2014 10:43 AM

    CFL rules do not permit players under contract in the NFL from jumping (and vice-versa except for a small free-agency window).
    The Browns now indicate they won’t give permission.
    And I don’t see that any team holds his negotiation rights.

  4. joeflaccoallday says: Aug 28, 2014 10:43 AM

    Mane just free that man.

  5. nyyjetsknicks says: Aug 28, 2014 10:45 AM

    How can they prevent him from earning a living? You suspended him for a year, he should have every right to take his talents to Canada.

    A team can cut a player that is under contract but if a player out preforms his contract and wants a new deal, he’s should honor the contract he signed. All the rules favor the rich owners and hurt the talent who have a very short time in the NFL.

  6. MikeisWise says: Aug 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    LOL da browns

  7. wryly1 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:46 AM

    Let him go play and make some money and have some structure and routine in his life. If they deny him that, then don’t be surprised of a year from now, he’s just another lost young man hanging out on the streets.

  8. kosarkid says: Aug 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    Letting Gordon go to play a contact sport and risk injury in a country with loose marijuanna laws, what could possibly go wrong?

  9. SparkyGump says: Aug 28, 2014 10:47 AM

    Brilliant move by Mr. Gordon due to the fact nobody ever tears up a knee in the CFL! I hear it’s because of the stronger beer.

  10. chapnastier says: Aug 28, 2014 10:48 AM

    So we suspend this guy and basically tell him to go sit around and do nothing for a year. What could possibly go wrong with a guy who has failed multiple drug tests and has no one around to keep him in line? The NFL has a serious problem with taking care of it’s players.

  11. steelerben says: Aug 28, 2014 10:49 AM

    Something tells me that if he is cleared to play in Canada the CFL would find a way to allow him in. Someone *that* talented seems to have the rules bent into pretzels for them, which is part of the reason why they end up in so much trouble to begin with.

  12. youreinthejunglebaby says: Aug 28, 2014 10:51 AM

    They would have to be completely stupid to allow their asset to expose himself to injury so….the Browns will definitely let him play in CFL.

  13. calhounlambeau says: Aug 28, 2014 10:54 AM

    He can’t make a good decision to save his life.

  14. bradwins says: Aug 28, 2014 10:55 AM

    I think the important question here is: can I use Josh’s CFL stats for my fantasy league, because….

  15. casualmalexlfan says: Aug 28, 2014 10:57 AM

    Wouldn’t the Ricky Williams rule prevent Josh Gordon from playing in the CFL??

  16. poetpft says: Aug 28, 2014 10:57 AM

    #FreeJoshGordon

  17. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 28, 2014 10:58 AM

    CFL > nfl

  18. codythao35 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:00 AM

    He should ask the Browns permission to smoke dope again. What a clown. Should be out of the league already.

  19. clamdiggers says: Aug 28, 2014 11:04 AM

    If he has college eligibility left he should be allowed to play for the Vikings in there new digs

  20. cherokee98 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:04 AM

    Josh Cribbs is by definition “criminally inadmissible” to Canada. I seriously doubt he would be granted a visa and a work permit to play in the CFL.

  21. youpeopleareallthesame says: Aug 28, 2014 11:07 AM

    I would let him. Keep him in football shape, or at least close to it. It’s not like he’s going to stay in the CFL once he’s NFL eligible again.

  22. billh1947 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:09 AM

    Does Canada even want someone so stupid he would risk getting suspended by happily flaunting NFL rules and regulations when he knew what would happen if caught. he nows knows those rules are taken seriously by the NFL,he wasnt worried about a paycheck before being caught so nobody should feel sorry for him now.

  23. cherokee98 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:11 AM

    Josh Gordon is, by definition “criminally inadmissible” to Canada. I seriously doubt he would be granted a visa and a work permit to play in the CFL.

  24. upperdecker19 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:11 AM

    He can stay with Bon Jovi while in Toronto…..

  25. fwippel says: Aug 28, 2014 11:11 AM

    The Browns will never agree to this. Of course, if they came right out and cut him from their roster……

  26. nyking1963 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:13 AM

    So he wants to continue his career and make $ for himself and another owner/league….because he was banished for violating league and penal laws..
    But he also wants the Browns to cover his contract in case he gets injured..hence the reason for asking for permission…
    Exactly what again was beneficial for the Browns and the NFL?
    Reputable sports leagues, including horse racing which really has no one governing body, all honor other leagues suspensions and revocations.

  27. melikefootball says: Aug 28, 2014 11:15 AM

    He needs to get some true life counseling , because he sure does not get it.

  28. cueghost says: Aug 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    The regular season just can’t start soon enough for Goodell and his chronies… He just can’t seem to stay out of his own way these days. A lot of folks are beginning to believe that he is ruining the NFL.

  29. silverhornet says: Aug 28, 2014 11:23 AM

    Think the Ricky Williams / Josh Gordon comparison is not comparing apples to apples… Ricky owed the Dolphins money and was passed his prime. The Dolphins wanted their money back and allowing him to play in Toronto aided that cause. Gordon hasn’t reached his prime yet and the potential is sky high, literally. The contract terms are mitigated by his athletic superiority.

  30. mrfrostyj says: Aug 28, 2014 11:24 AM

    Lets be honest most players that try to jump to the CFL do it because they’re not good enough for the NFL. 150% sure there would be a huge bidding war for a guy coming off a pro bowl season. Not to mention the merchandise revenue for the team that would eventually get him.

    Fact is the Browns wouldn’t be very smart to let that happen. The CFL doesn’t have a anti marijuana policy so if he is as bad as the media wants you to believe me might be inclined to not want to come back to the NFL.

  31. The Steelers are Marching and the world cowers. The three rivers were made from your tears and we build boats. We build lots of boats. We walk beside pristine trophy cases and engraved gold. They say it's lonely at the top, but we sure like the view. says: Aug 28, 2014 11:25 AM

    This isn’t some sort of anomaly. This is just a regular season in Cleveland.

  32. swagger52 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:26 AM

    What other surprises are coming from the Factory of Sadness?

    Not all bad news..I heard there a few overrated QBs that will dropping in next years draft, so Cleveland can again get a “BARGAIN”.

  33. coldwater32301 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:31 AM

    They should let him… and who ever said “Take Justin Bieber with you” hilarious… that’s funny…Indeed…

  34. coltzfan166 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:35 AM

    I thought there was a Ricky Williams Rule preventing this…

    But at least first is making the effort to keep his sh&t together unlike that idiot on the Jaguars. God I would feel bad for Browns fans had they drafted Blackmon over Richardson.

  35. macneil4025 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:37 AM

    If I were Josh Gordon I would forget my contract with the Browns, go make millions in the CFL and become a legend up north, don’t let the NFL control your life man, when somebody gives you lemons, make lemonade! The NFL needs to understand they aren’t the only show in town, period!

  36. jimmycover says: Aug 28, 2014 11:40 AM

    All you people ripping on Josh Gordon should give your head a shake. He likes to smoke a little weed. So what! It’s not like he beats his wife or anything… #freejoshgordon

  37. mkbane says: Aug 28, 2014 11:46 AM

    It’s very hard to get into Canada if you’ve had a DUI.

  38. timbuttrum says: Aug 28, 2014 11:47 AM

    Takes big ones to even ask this. If had done what he was supposed to do, he’d be suiting up for the Browns this year. He didn’t and know he has the balls to ask if he can play elsewhere. Get real man.

  39. macdaddyspeed says: Aug 28, 2014 11:47 AM

    If he is allowed to play in the CFL, the vikings should make a run at him.

  40. metalman5150 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:51 AM

    Good Luck to Josh Gordon!!!!
    I’d watch Gordon play in the CFL. Plus, Marijuana is seen as medicinal and helpful, in Canada, as opposed the US’s horrible cannibis madness garbage.

  41. dumbpollack says: Aug 28, 2014 11:52 AM

    Our owner came in saying all the right things. Since then he has made all the wrong moves. We are the joke of the NFL and I wish I wasn’t a fan.

  42. rick359 says: Aug 28, 2014 11:57 AM

    So stupid to suspend him for smoking pot

  43. 1bigtex says: Aug 28, 2014 11:59 AM

    Josh Gordon wanting to go to Canada. Hard to believe.
    Josh Gordon wanting to go to Amsterdam. Easy to believe.

  44. wferg1121 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:02 PM

    The browns will argue he is under contract, yet he is suspended so he is not getting paid. If I remember right don’t they suspend his contract too?? In other words he signed a 4 year contract and has 3 years to go, so when he comes back doesn’t he still have 3 years on his contract? If its a suspended contract shouldn’t everything within that contract be suspended? He was basically told by the NFL to stay away from the team, your not a NFL player for a year.. He should have the right to be a CFL player during that time.

  45. Eutaw's Finest says: Aug 28, 2014 12:05 PM

    Why in God’s name would the Browns allow Gordon to go to the CFL for a year and risk potential injury, possibly effecting his future with their organization? That would be the most idiotic thing the Browns could do. And that speaks volumes.

  46. justintuckrule says: Aug 28, 2014 12:06 PM

    Preventing him from earning a living only makes his MERITORIOUS suit stronger. Hopefully Goodell says no and Gordon can sue him personally!

  47. mellimac says: Aug 28, 2014 12:15 PM

    I might actually glance at a CFL game if he plays up here. He can also get a Doctor’s note to smoke weed and even dabble in growing his own.
    I’m still perplexed at the absurdity of it all. Bunch of puritans. I prefer watching NFL over the CFL mainly because of the pageantry and hype, but barring a guy over weed is surreal. The ones that assault their wives, commit murder or manslaughter while drunk are the ones who need to find a new profession.

  48. watchfullhose says: Aug 28, 2014 12:18 PM

    The Browns should let him. Otherwise, they’re not going to get a pro-bowl receiver next year at his contract. Gordon wins either way – if the Browns cut him, he can get a bigger contract with another NFL team next year.

  49. pfu2 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:25 PM

    Smoke weed, get contract terminated, then go be the highest paid player in the CFL.

  50. footballfan72 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:26 PM

    Jimmy Haslam should say hell no. He made his bed so sleep in it, so what if he doesn’t get paid. Only has to look in a mirror if he wants to place blame somewhere.

  51. justintuckrule says: Aug 28, 2014 12:36 PM

    Does anyone know if the CFL’s on field rules are anything like the NFLs? If not, I’m seriously gonna start watching and abandon the NFL.

  52. denverdude7 says: Aug 28, 2014 12:47 PM

    Now that this whole Josh Gordon thing is over and pretty much the Browns season along with it, can we get back to something a little more interesting?

    Like when will Haslam be going to prison?

  53. SAV says: Aug 28, 2014 12:52 PM

    The CFL should allow marijuana use as a means of pain management as an alternative to opiod pain killers. In fact if they were smart they’d find away to capitalize off the booming industry. Maybe they will encourage more pot suspended players to join them instead of the No Fun League.

    They should also encourage dunking the football and offer a two-point conversion if a player can bring down the goal post

  54. outdoorzen says: Aug 28, 2014 12:53 PM

    Josh- It’s not the Colorado Football League, it’s Canada.

  55. freeigwebuike says: Aug 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    That’d be great, because I’d still get his fantasy points, right?

  56. ringheadcrusher says: Aug 28, 2014 1:10 PM

    Why would he even bother asking?? No way would they give him permission to go get injured in Canada. What a joke.

  57. coachbeck says: Aug 28, 2014 2:05 PM

    This guy will never make it, whoever is helping him make decisions is not looking out for his long term.

    I love seeing the clowns fail time and time again. But really they will never win while counting on guys like Josh Gordon. Yes he is talented and yes he can put up numbers but there is always that concern that he will get Into trouble when he walks out the door.

    I just do not see why you would want that stress when you can find very talented guys that you can actually count on.

    Of course they could have had Julio Jones…..

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