Pettine says Browns aren’t inclined to cut Josh Gordon


The Browns might not have wide receiver Josh Gordon for part or all of the 2014 season, but that doesn’t mean the club will be severing his employment.

Head coach Mike Pettine told the Akron Beacon Journal the club doesn’t intend to release Gordon, who was arrested on a DWI charge in early July. The 23-year-old Pro Bowl wide receiver, under contract for two more seasons, was already facing a potential suspension under the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

“Josh is a Cleveland Brown. We want to do what’s best for him,” Pettine told the Beacon Journal‘s Nate Ulrich in a story published Monday. “We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it’s him or whether it’s anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we’ll help. We want to make our decisions always, what’s best for the player, and you try to marry it with what’s best for the team.

“So that’s why I don’t think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both — for us and for him. We’re going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.”

Pettine told the Beacon Journal the club expects some clarity on Gordon’s disciplinary status in the next two weeks. The wide receiver reportedly could be in line for a yearlong ban.

“I’ve heard everything, all the possibilities, so it’s just gotten to the point where it is what it is. We’ve planned for everything, and we’re ready to go,” the Browns’ head coach told the newspaper.

In the short term, the Browns would count on Andrew Hawkins, Miles Austin, Nate Burleson and Travis Benjamin, among others, to pick up the slack if Gordon were ruled out for an extended stretch.

In the longer term, though, an ideal Cleveland offense would have Gordon as the go-to target for a clear-cut starting quarterback. But those are just hopes for now.

15 responses to “Pettine says Browns aren’t inclined to cut Josh Gordon

  1. Pettine is exactly right, the only way he should be leaving this team is if somebody makes a huge trade offer. If not, then go with the idea to help him with whatever he needs help with and get him to produce on the field when he can and then have him ready and able to help the team in return by bringing in the wins, do it and don’t let him fail!!!

  2. Have either Austin or Burleson ever completed a 16 game season?!? I wouldn’t wanna count on either of those guys

  3. And because he may be the #1 or #2 receiver in the league. If he was a #3 on the team he’d be long gone. Talent trumps off field issues.

  4. Is there any team out there with a worse set of receivers; assuming Gordon is out for the year? Everyone knows Austin’s hamstring will go within the first couple games. Jordan Cameron is a good tight end, but he’s going to have a tough time facing double coverage all the time. No more Gordon to take up all the double and triple coverage.

  5. It helps that he was amazing last year. Not so much leeway for guys that were not.

  6. Good! This kid needs help, not another set-back. The Browns will have some growing pains anyway, with or without him. Lets learn “Pettine football” first.

    Getting Gordon back in 2015, or anytime will be just frosting on the cake.

  7. Browns fans will be surprised how good Burleson is. He was actually leading the Lions in receiving yards before he got hurt last year. I assumed that we were going to try to resign him at a lower pay rate after we cut him and I still don’t understand why we didn’t.

  8. Last I checked wasn’t Jordan Cameron a pro bowl Jimmy Graham level “pass catcher” for that team.

    What does that guy have to do to get some recognition in the NFL especially since he (not Gordon) was Brian Hoyers favorite target.

  9. I guess it was in Davonne Bess ‘ best interest that he be cut by the Browns despite clinical mental health needs

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