Josh Gordon re-signs with Browns

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He’s back, and now he’s back under contract.

Receiver Josh Gordon, a 2012 supplemental draft pick, still hasn’t racked up more than two accrued NFL seasons. Which means he’s an exclusive-rights free agent. Which means he’s not a free agent at all.

And so Gordon, on the day the offseason program launches in Cleveland, has signed his one-year exclusive-rights tender.

The team announced on Monday morning that Gordon and three other exclusive-rights free agents have agreed to terms. Joining Gordon were receiver Matt Hazel, offensive lineman Austin Reiter, and fullback Danny Vitale.

Gordon fulfilled the final year of his rookie contract in 2017, but because he wasn’t eligible for at least six games, he didn’t pick up a third accrued season. If he earns a third accrued season in 2018, Gordon will be eligible for restricted free agency in 2019.

A potential pass-catching option when not suspended, Gordon returned to action in 2017 after missing all of 2015 and 2016 due to his latest suspension under the substance-abuse policy.

25 responses to “Josh Gordon re-signs with Browns

  1. “A potential pass-catching option when not suspended?”

    He was one of the best receivers in the league (If not the best, I don’t recall) before he got suspended. I get the reticence to want to say “he’s back,” but we anoint folks like Garoppolo after five games against 3 substandard opponents. He is a lot more than a “potential” pass catching option.

  2. Even though they are flush with cap space, they get to control Gordon for a ridiculously low salary, to make sure the kid has his life straightened out. I guess they could choose to pay him after this season if he makes it through the year unscathed, but the fact that they could keep him on the cheap for this season and next season under an RFA tender….wow.

  3. The whole “exclusive rights” and “restricted rights” free agency should be fought hard by the NFLPA next time they get a chance. The players should be free to sign a deal of the duration they can negotiate, at their actual market value. The way the system works pretty much locks players in their physical prime to sub-market deals.

  4. Though I’m hardly a Browns fan, this is a very low-risk/high-reward signing for them. He’s very motivated to stay clean and he’s already shown that he’s a fantastic player even when he was using drugs. They could suddenly become very good if they get Barkley, someone to replace Joe Thomas and stabilize the QB situation ( all three of which they could easily do in the first two rounds of the draft next week)

  5. Hopefully Gordon is able to redeem himself and make himself into a hall of fame receiver like Cris Carter did after his drug problems. I know he rubs a lot of people wrong as a commenter but his highs and lows as a player is a hell of a story. Everyone loves a good redemption story.

  6. I’d have no problem giving him a long-term contract if he plays great this season, but ANY deal with him must have a 100% cancellation clause for substance abuse. He’s got talent, but has never shown he can be trusted long term.

  7. packers291 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 9:56 am
    The whole “exclusive rights” and “restricted rights” free agency should be fought hard by the NFLPA next time they get a chance. The players should be free to sign a deal of the duration they can negotiate, at their actual market value. The way the system works pretty much locks players in their physical prime to sub-market deals.

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    He’s on his rookie deal and he’s being paid based on being a guy who came in with one strike against him who was only available because he was kicked off his college team and didn’t want to serve the punishment given to him to regain eligibility.

    Pretty sure these rookies who end up draft busts aren’t too upset about getting paid money based on their potential that they never live up to. Way more overpaid players in the NFL than underpaid.

  8. If the NFL was actually serious about punishinh teams for selecting players with character concerns, they wouldn’t let them squat on them for nothing. Meanwhile non football injury guys can leave their teams with nothing.

  9. It wasn’t the “exclusive rights” and “restricted rights” free agency rules that locked him into this situation, it was his addictions and behaviors. Many others are able to navigate these rules and turn their second NFL contract into a big payday BEFORE they reach their physical prime (about age 27-28). But let’s remember, the average NFL career is only about 3 years so he is already doing better than a lot of other players who did not exhibit his behavior.

    That dude is probably making more salary this year than any of us posting here… for playing football. I am not mad at him or the system. He is pretty fortunate IMO.

  10. Seeing whats going on with Aldon Smith right now, I really hope Josh Gordon turns it around this year, this guys career was over due to smoking weed, and being so addicted to it that he passed up millions to pass a blunt, but now has the opportunity to . He’s only 27 so this is the most important year of his life. hope its not derailed by another bad drug test or injury. Also I think that these high THC level wonderful tasting buds these NFL players smoke could be considered addictive. I had a friend that started getting crakheadish when it came to dabs or thc oil which is almost pure THC, the psychoactive chemical in weed.

  11. “I get the reticence to want to say “he’s back,” but we anoint folks like Garoppolo after five games against 3 substandard opponents.”

    Why do people choose to frame that argument to avoid the fact that he put up 44 points against the best D in the NFL (Jax) who was fighting for a #1 seed and he similarly dismantled a hungry Tennessee team fighting for the playoffs? Garoppolo dominated everyone he played, the opponent is irrelevant at that point. They scored on 60% of his possession once he took over, that’s off the charts.

    In regards to Josh Gordon, the guy is a freak, and it’s laughable he’s making about 1/15th of Jarvis friggin Landry and his 7 yards per reception.

  12. Gordon is only player to ever record consecutive 200 receiving yard games. His 2013 season ranks 3rd all time in average receiving yards per game. He dominated Talib in NE. But this was 5 years ago. It remains to be seen if he has turned things around and if he can come close to producing at those levels. Too bad the Browns owner didn’t let Dorsey hire a better coach to work with Gordon.

  13. .
    marijuana is no where near as bad as alcohol. never mind dangerous to others.
    time to stop acting like it is.

  14. RFA and erfa are just a joke It allows crappy personnel men to hide their mistakes by keeping players that have earned far more at dirt cheap salaries just because no one had the foresight to draft them . They are free agents but forced to sign 3 year or less deals at minimum wage and then kept for peanuts . No other legitimate industry in the world gets away with that rubbish.

  15. chc4 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 9:56 am
    If there is one guy in this league you DON’T give a long term contract to it’s this guy.

    Wrong- this is exactly who you would give it to. You can sign him long term for under what his talent would normally warrant, all you have to do is make sure you stipulate that the deal is null and void for any future suspension.

  16. chc4 says:
    April 16, 2018 at 9:56 am

    “If there is one guy in this league you DON’T give a long term contract to it’s this guy.”

    I agree but I do love comeback stories and I am pulling for Josh. I’m not going to write someone off for past mistakes, we all make em and some of us grow from them and some of us don’t, I hope Gordon does and becomes a better man than receiver.

  17. ^^^^^^ James Jackson,
    I use marijuana every single day – the purest, most concentrated dabs the dispensaries in CO sell – and I own my own business, work 10-14 hours a day, have a beautiful family, and make about 200k a year. I think your friend was probably a worthless crackhead before he started using weed…

  18. I like this guy’s chances if Taylor is the starter in CLE this year. in 2015, the one stretch of Sammy Watkin’s career where he wasn’t a rookie or injured, he averaged 6 catches, 1 td, and 100 yards per game for 9 straight games.

    Taylor throws a very accurate deep ball and Gordon would be just the guy you’d want those passes to be going to.

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