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Sashi Brown says door isn’t shut on Josh Gordon in Cleveland

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When wide receiver Josh Gordon checked into rehab last September, Browns coach Hue Jackson said that the team was moving on after waiting a long time for Gordon to be reinstated by the league after multiple suspensions for violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy.

That was many months ago, however, and Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown suggested that the team may circle back on a receiver who has played five games since the end of the 2013 season.

“Listen, assuming he would play at the level we started to see glimpses of last preseason and certainly in the league before, [Gordon] would be a talent I think no team in the NFL would turn down if he got back in,” Brown said, via Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland. “Our decision with Josh is just understanding where he is in this process and being able to have him. We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself. Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL and at that time we’ll make a decision when we know what’s going on.”

Gordon has been working out with former Olympic track athlete Tim Montgomery and pictures on his Instagram account show him in what appears to be good physical condition, which has fueled some speculation about his possible reinstatement in time for the 2017 season. That’s a road the Browns have been down plenty of times before, however, and Brown’s comments may be at least partially directed to other teams who might trade for the talented and troubled wideout instead of hoping that the Browns release his rights upon a possible return to active status.

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30 Responses to “Sashi Brown says door isn’t shut on Josh Gordon in Cleveland”
  1. whenwilliteverend says: Mar 29, 2017 12:44 PM

    They are only interested in him so they can trade him away like they do with all their other good players.

  2. skoobyfl says: Mar 29, 2017 12:46 PM

    If they can pull some value out of him, it’s wide open with a smile.

  3. johnnyjagfan says: Mar 29, 2017 12:50 PM

    I’m surprised the Moneyball Browns haven’t already come up with a calculus. Some team should offer. The fact that his last failed test was awaiting him when he got off a plane with teammates on a trip to Las Vegas was just shady. Belichick is waiting in the wings somewhere.

  4. rea725 says: Mar 29, 2017 12:54 PM

    Dude is a freak. Gawd I hope he stays clean. Would make a great redemption story.

  5. superpunky5 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:00 PM

    Pulling for Josh to make a clean and stay clean comback, the Browns could use him

  6. bernieknowsfootball says: Mar 29, 2017 1:02 PM

    I hope it isn’t what my gut feeling is telling me !!!

  7. csszrr says: Mar 29, 2017 1:14 PM

    package him with Osweiler. if you want the one then you got to take the other as well. then get back a 1st or a 2nd.

  8. mrfrostyj says: Mar 29, 2017 1:17 PM

    In other words “we’re keeping him long enough for him to be tradable before he crashes again.”

    buy low, sell high. That’s why the Harvard guys are running things. It would be great if Gordon can get his mind straight. The first two suspensions weren’t really on him and were pretty shady on the NFL’s part but everything he’s done the last two years was all him.

  9. clashpoint says: Mar 29, 2017 1:30 PM

    I think it’s interesting that Martavis Bryant of the Steelers is also reportedly working with Montgomery, considering his and Gordon’s similar situations. It’s made even more interesting because of Montgomery’s own checkered past that includes multiple legal and substance issues. He was a world class Olympic athlete who’s turned his life completely around though, a legit redemption story himself, so maybe that’s why they both chose him.

    I’ve honestly never heard bad things about either Bryant or Gordon as far as their quality of person other than their substance issues, so I’ll hope they can both turn themselves around for good. Solid locker room guys, who work hard. Best of luck, fellas.

  10. savethebs says: Mar 29, 2017 1:33 PM

    package him with Osweiler. if you want the one then you got to take the other as well. then get back a 1st or a 2nd.


    you cannot be serious. first of all, no one is giving you a 1st or 2nd for gordon alone. maybe, just maybe a 5th. but in order to get gordon they gotta take osweiler? houston gave up a 2nd rounder just to get out from under his salary. the only way anyone would even take osweiler at that salary for free is if you threw in gordon, and even that would likely not be enough.

  11. greeksensation says: Mar 29, 2017 1:35 PM

    I remember watching the presser when Hue made those comments: “Closing the chapter, moving on, coaching the guys here in the locker room’ and thinking there was no absolute statement being made. Maybe he was just referring to the hope of him returning last session? Or maybe I’ve just held that glimmer of hope that if the kid came back he’d do it on a Brown’s uni… I mean why not?!?! Either way, I’d love to see this kid play again. I can still see him stiff arm Talib on that short slant and literally run away from the rest of the Pats secondary! Come on man… Get it together!

  12. brobokil says: Mar 29, 2017 1:37 PM

    Most snake-bitten player in recent league history. This guy was a scapegoat back in 2013 and now the league can’t change their stance, though it is clearly incorrect, lest they be proven once again wrong and incompetent.

  13. speicher145 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:46 PM

    He screwed me in my fantasy leagues last year. I’ve been a fan and a believer since he’s been in the league, however.

  14. hotlasagna says: Mar 29, 2017 1:48 PM

    I wish Bob Quinn and the Lions would offer a 4th round pick for this guy TODAY. He’s an absolute beast. If he’s on the right path, he’s a top 5 WR in the league and is only 26. Go get’em Bobby!

  15. manderson4150 says: Mar 29, 2017 1:49 PM

    fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me…….

  16. joemammy says: Mar 29, 2017 2:09 PM

    I would be fantastic if he came back and burned this league down…

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 29, 2017 2:17 PM

    Gordon should be on a prove it deal for vet min plus incentives. Anything else would be foolish of a team that gives him more.

  18. BigDaaDee says: Mar 29, 2017 2:21 PM

    He hasn’t had a positive marijuana test in years.. His last suspension was because of a DUI he was not to drink during the remainder of the football season. Because the Browns season was over he thought that was considered the end of the season and had two beers on a flight to Vegas. Yes he most certainly should have researched that better but it was a positive drug test.. Yes, come on home JG the Browns need and want you.. Go Browns!!!

  19. FinFan68 says: Mar 29, 2017 2:23 PM

    I think 2nd chances are called for in most cases but with this guy he has used several. He values his weed and pleasure more than his ability to be employed. Honestly, there should not even be a door at this point.

  20. rowdymon says: Mar 29, 2017 2:24 PM

    Translation – we are going to flip his rights as part of a package to NE for Jimmy G. 12th pick, 4th rounder this year, 2nd rounder next year (from Brock) and Gordon.

  21. easydog100 says: Mar 29, 2017 2:36 PM

    I hope he makes it and has his life on the right track.

  22. terrellblowens says: Mar 29, 2017 2:40 PM

    Honestly makes sense from a value standpoint to keep him but for the sake of his well being, let him go and start fresh. The Eagles once cut Cris Carter to let him turn his life around somewhere else, maybe the Browns could do the same.

  23. 400marios says: Mar 29, 2017 3:08 PM

    The door he should most be concerned about shutting is the cell door.

  24. laukkanen5 says: Mar 29, 2017 3:38 PM

    we sure talk a lot about a team that went 0-16….oh wait, the NFL wouldn’t allow that to happen and the Chargers were hosed all day….and still almost beat those d 3 browns

  25. jerruhjones says: Mar 29, 2017 3:39 PM

    NFL Rules:
    Abuse women – No prob.
    Abuse children – No prob.
    Abuse police officier – No prob.
    Weed – Out!

  26. tommyribs says: Mar 29, 2017 4:56 PM

    You punch Mary Jane you miss 4 games.

    You smoke Mary Jane you can’t play indefinitely.

    So he likes to smoke weed, half the league smokes weed to cope with pain.

    I hope he makes it back, he is a Top Notch WR.

    Top Notch.

  27. v2787 says: Mar 29, 2017 4:58 PM

    Gordon is a great physical talent, but his addictive demons are too much for him. It’s a sad story, but the NFL needs to move on from this poor, bedeviled man. Gordon is a relapse waiting to happen, just like Manziel. It’s heartbreaking, but it’s reality.

  28. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 29, 2017 5:36 PM

    25 years old and entering his prime.

    If he doesn’t do anything with the next 2 years, it’s all over.

    All that talent….. what a crying shame.

  29. jagsfan1 says: Mar 29, 2017 6:16 PM

    Sashi really does think he is the smartest guy in the room.

  30. tommyribs says: Mar 30, 2017 8:37 AM

    jagsfan1 says:
    Mar 29, 2017 6:16 PM
    Sashi really does think he is the smartest guy in the room.


    “If you always find yourself being the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”

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