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Sashi Brown says Browns have a roster spot for Josh Gordon

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If Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is reinstated following an NFL suspension of at least a year, Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said Thursday that Gordon will be in the team’s plans.

The talented but often suspended Gordon has not yet been reinstated, and Brown said the team does not know when a ruling from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell might come. But Brown has talked to Gordon, and evidently their discussion went well.

“Josh has made mistakes but he’s been accountable for them,” Brown said. “If he gets back [in the league], there’s a spot on the roster for him.

“He’s serious about wanting to be a pro, so if he’s done things to clean up his past, we would welcome him back.”

Brown’s answer on Gordon was notable not only because it was the first firm indication that the Browns want Gordon to be in their plans. It was also different than the answer new head coach Hue Jackson gave on Wednesday.

“Obviously he’s a very talented individual,” Jackson said of Gordon. “But at the same time, it’s got to fit right for us as we move forward in this situation.”

Brown was promoted from general counsel after last season and is in charge of the 53-man roster. Gordon’s latest suspension is his third in the last three seasons.

Gordon was drafted in the second round of the supplemental draft by then-general manager Tom Heckert when Pat Shurmur was head coach. He was suspended for the first two games of 2013 but went on to lead the NFL in receiving yards under coach Rob Chudzinski, but suspensions limited him to six games in two seasons under Mike Pettine, all in 2014. He was suspended for at least a year in early 2015.

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23 Responses to “Sashi Brown says Browns have a roster spot for Josh Gordon”
  1. kurdishpats1 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:08 AM

    If you can ball, there will ALWAYS be a roster spot open for you. Doesn’t matter the crime.

  2. 1969mojo says: Feb 25, 2016 10:16 AM

    Great talent but his attitude when he came off his last suspension won’t be tolerated by Hue. He was lazy. Hue is going to ride Gordon unmercifully. Should be fun to watch.

  3. floratiotime says: Feb 25, 2016 10:21 AM

    The State has set aside accommodations for him too.

  4. jonrando says: Feb 25, 2016 10:22 AM

    That’s not Josh Gordon in your picture. He wears #12…..

  5. irkjames says: Feb 25, 2016 10:39 AM

    Like, on the team, or in his family?

  6. dukeblue12 says: Feb 25, 2016 10:47 AM

    On opening day, Josh Gordon will only be 25 yrs old and has already shown the ability to be an elite NFL WR. There’s no incentive for Cleveland to trade/cut him if reinstated. If he slips up again, that’s on him but until he’s an unrestricted free agent, he plays for Cleveland or he plays for nobody.

  7. ytownie says: Feb 25, 2016 10:51 AM

    A year suspension for having a couple of drinks on a plane with other players after the season was over seems pretty harsh to me. Did he screw up, yes. But this kid has gotten a raw deal since he came into the league. His punishments have been far worse than his crimes.

  8. mrfrostyj says: Feb 25, 2016 10:51 AM

    Gordon’s latest suspension is his third in the last three seasons.

    – Suspension 1: using a cough medicine that was banned. Suspension was 4 games but reduced to 2 games after providing a prescription.

    – Suspension 2: Almost failing a drug test for Marijuana. Suspension was reduced from full season to 7 games when the law, science and even other sports organizations backed up that he couldn’t have smoked with so little HGH in his system and it was probably second hand.

    – Suspension 3: Drinking during the offseason while on NFL probation due to his step 3 that should be a step 0 because the last two were all proven to be unfair punishments..

    – Next years suspension – having beer battered shrimp at Joe’s Crab Shack while on step 4 of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

    seriously just sue Goodell like Brady and the Saints defensive players did and your problems are solved. The US justice system already proved they don’t like the guy so it’s an easy win.

  9. mrfrostyj says: Feb 25, 2016 10:59 AM

    “THC” not HGH (obviously). Got on a roll LOL

  10. rcali says: Feb 25, 2016 11:07 AM

    Oh dear, and he’s changing his uniform number to 13? He’s still making bad decisions!

  11. vottorific says: Feb 25, 2016 11:07 AM

    Trouble on the lake already? Cleveland coach and front office need to get on the same page. Jeez! It’s never ending up there.

  12. firstdownbrowns says: Feb 25, 2016 11:14 AM

    he change his # from 13 to 12.
    not going to jail . his mistakes have been pot and drinking fail test. he isn’t on the run from the long arm of the law.
    greatest WR Browns ever had, hope he gets his act together. they are a much better team with him on the field.

  13. dencar2014 says: Feb 25, 2016 11:21 AM

    Unlike Johnny Done, I think Josh is “salvageable”. And, unlike Manziel, he’s proven he can play in the NFL.
    Jackson will have him on a short leash and will jettison him at the first sign of trouble.

  14. RegisHawk says: Feb 25, 2016 11:23 AM

    I’m guessing Sashi plays Fantasy Football…he sounds just like the fanboys who were ranting here last year…

  15. gysot says: Feb 25, 2016 11:30 AM

    kurdishpats1 says:
    Feb 25, 2016 10:08 AM
    If you can ball, there will ALWAYS be a roster spot open for you. Doesn’t matter the crime.
    You may want to verify this statement with A. Hernandez.

  16. granadafan says: Feb 25, 2016 11:44 AM

    What happened to the Browns “taking a stand” like you did against Johnny?

  17. myeaglescantwin says: Feb 25, 2016 11:49 AM

    He’ll be traded to NE.


  18. dencar2014 says: Feb 25, 2016 11:58 AM

    Unlike Johnny Done, Josh is “salvageable”. And, unlike Manziel , he’s proven he can play in the NFL.
    Jackson will have him on a short leash and he can expect to be jettisoned at the first sign of trouble.

  19. vottorific says: Feb 25, 2016 12:16 PM

    Bengals should trade Sanu for him. Even up.

  20. wiseone50 says: Feb 25, 2016 2:33 PM

    Um… well let’s see. Yeah, how about that- it just so happens that we do have an extra spot open for Josh, provided he’s going to fit right with what it is that we want to do… Lol. That’s funny.

  21. fanofpft says: Feb 25, 2016 5:48 PM

    Wiz kid should speak to his new coach who stated he needs to do some talent evaluation on him.

  22. csszrr says: Feb 26, 2016 11:35 AM

    here is a metric for you. 1600+ yards in 14 games. no team has the ammo to get him. yeah cleveland just trade him away. dream on.

  23. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 9:44 PM

    lol my username says it all, but i do believe this cat should get another shot and never should have been suspended for what he was….yet greg hardy can play…..smfh

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