Gordon grievance coming soon over Week 17 suspension

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Now that the NFL has suspended Browns receiver Josh Gordon for a full year, the consequences of his Week 17 team-imposed suspension become more important.

Per a league source, Gordon will soon be filing a grievance with the assistance of the NFLPA challenging the unpaid suspension for missing a Saturday walk-through practice before the regular-season finale against the the Ravens.  The fight isn’t about getting the game check; it’s about getting credit for a sixth game in 2014 and in turn a year of credit toward free agency.

If Gordon loses the grievance (and if he stays clean for the next year and secures reinstatement), he won’t be eligible for unrestricted free agency until after the 2017 season.  If he wins the grievance, he’ll be only one season away from hitting the market.

Either way, Gordon must pass up to 10 drug tests per month for the next 12 before he’ll have any chance to return to the NFL.

26 responses to “Gordon grievance coming soon over Week 17 suspension

  1. He missed practice. I believe teams have suspended guys for that in the past. What would his argument be?

  2. Just thinking out loud. Can he retire for a year, bypass all those tests and then decide to re-enter the league? Why not retire from the NFL, go up to the CFL to rebuild his rep and then come back?

  3. It seems pretty obvious to me the NFL doesn’t want him in the league. So he shouldn’t get his hopes up.

  4. @ragnarthemagnificent:

    1. If he “retired” the suspension would start after he re-entered the league.

    2. CFL policy is that they won’t harbor suspended NFL players.

  5. He can’t retire and go play in the CFL because 1) for some reason the CFL honors the NFL’s suspensions and 2) the Browns would have to allow it and seeing how they refuse to choose the better option in any case I’m sure they’d rather him be selling cars, sitting around drinking a beer and getting suspended again. #TheBrownsWay

  6. 10 drug tests a month?

    Talk about invasive, lol. Is the drug tester living in Gordon’s home with him or something?

  7. ragnarthemagnificent says:
    Feb 4, 2015 6:02 PM
    Just thinking out loud. Can he retire for a year, bypass all those tests and then decide to re-enter the league? Why not retire from the NFL, go up to the CFL to rebuild his rep and then come back?

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    Pretty sure the way the rules are written if he retires for a year the suspension would take effect when he decided to un-retire.

    Happened to Ricky Williams.

  8. It’s a moot point anyway because there’s no chance that he’ll be able to stay clean for 10 tests a month through the next 12 months.

  9. “it’s about getting credit for a sixth game in 2014 ”
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    But….. he didn’t play a 6th game. Case closed on this guy. Forever, I hope.

  10. If I’m a team owner I wouldn’t want to own the Browns. How can they be sooooo bad for so long?
    If this team is not bad enough those former Browns ( RAVENS ) have won
    two (2) Super Bowls since they left Cleveland. HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT, BROWNS’ FANS?

  11. Josh Gordon needs to get into treatment, and stop writing letters. Who really cares if he wants the NFLPA to try and help him. He is what he is right now, and needs serious help or he will not be in the NFL again.
    He needs a wake up call from someone, because he clearly doesn’t “get it’. He has an illness, and it needs attention right now before it’s too late.

  12. praying for josh and everybody that suffers with no self control. hope he comes back better than ever even if its for another team but would prefer him doing it as a brown since we’ve been with him through all this.

  13. Who can Blame him?
    If I had to play for the Brown turds, I’d be a stinking drunk and an addict also..
    Josh, in my best “Search for Spock “Klingon” Voice, “GET OUT OF THERE”….

  14. Josh needs to resign and go to the contact league in Canada for a few years. All NFL teams will try to get him back in the money league in a couple of years.

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