Report: Browns “have taken measures” to ensure Josh Gordon’s RFA status

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Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon remains away from training camp and a report on Sunday indicates that he’s getting closer to returning, but that he won’t be back by Tuesday.

That’s a significant date because it is 30 days before the start of the regular season and league rules say players failing to report by that date lose an accrued season toward free agency. As PFT noted, that would leave Gordon set to be an exclusive rights free agent for the second straight year rather than a restricted free agent.

In addition to reporting that Gordon won’t be back by Tuesday, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com also reports that the Browns “have taken measures” to ensure Gordon’s contractual status won’t be hurt by not being in camp. Cabot adds that the Browns have worked closely with the league to make sure that Gordon is “not pressured by any deadlines to end” the treatment plan that’s kept him out of camp.

Gordon has been texting with teammates and the Browns have continually said that they expect to have him back on the field this year. At the moment, though, it remains anybody’s guess when that might come to pass.

14 responses to “Report: Browns “have taken measures” to ensure Josh Gordon’s RFA status

  1. Hey at least you guys did a Gordon article without Florio claiming (Failed Test)that there is more to the Gordon situation then there actually is.

  2. poor josh, if only he had been given a second chance. ok wait but he deserves a third chance right? ok well then needs mnore time, here is an idea how about just saying you are done playing football? it’s obvious drugs mean more to him than his career so just stop with the 57 chances he has been given. make this his last chance to get his life in order and if he does it great just no more football. if not then to bad but enough of hearing about this loser and his problems.

  3. It’s great to see a team helping a player who has been chipping away to overcome his massive demons!
    Things like this build a culture for a club and lord knows they need some positive karma!

  4. It’s to the point now where he could catch 4 TD’s and 200 yd. per game but so what if all we wait for is his next bout of demons, drugs or depression that keeps him off the field. Vegas should offer a line on when & what his next phobia is gonna be.

  5. metalhead65 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm
    poor josh, if only he had been given a second chance. ok wait but he deserves a third chance right? ok well then needs mnore time, here is an idea how about just saying you are done playing football? it’s obvious drugs mean more to him than his career so just stop with the 57 chances he has been given. make this his last chance to get his life in order and if he does it great just no more football. if not then to bad but enough of hearing about this loser and his problems.

    You hope you could be half the athlete JG is. Heaven forbid you should evrr succumb to an addiction. It must be nice being Mr Perfection? He is trying to stay on the straight and narrow if you’d follow closer instead of judging you’d be more informed.

  6. It’s refreshing to see the team support a player who’s obviously trying to get it together. Hopefully the support and his hard work pays off with not only real changes in his battle with his demons but a monster season on the field. #GOBROWNS.

  7. Glad to see the player and team working together and being fair to one another. The road has been difficult and apparently remains so, but that doesn’t mean it can’t/won’t work out in the end. That’s what we’re hoping for!

  8. See, sometimes the NFL and teams CAN do right by the players. I think they all agree that Gordon is not yet ready mentally to be away from treatment. As far as I know, he didn’t relapse, but he almost succumbed. As the brother of a recovering addict, I can tell you that he likely broke down and called his sponsor, agent, friend, or coach in tears looking for help, likely with an open bottle of booze or drugs next to him. That he didn’t take it is a massive step in the strength to fight the addiction. Football is not the most important thing in his life right now, but staying strong mentally. The NFL would rather he recover than rush him back and causing him to relapse.

  9. New CBa rules:

    1. 3 year rookie contracts
    2. Franchise tag is 3 year contract for average of top 32 NFL salaries each year, guaranteed if injured.
    3. No suspensions for pot or alcohol, unless convicted of criminal act
    4. All contracts guaranteed on 3rd day of league year
    5. 3vyear max contact length
    6. No hold outs from training camp

    This would get players paid and freed fairly, and would avoid hold outs.

  10. redright88thefumblethedrive never claimed to be perfect but if I had the skills that he had I would not be blowing them on drugs. it’s obvious he can’t beat his addictions and play football so why let him continue to try and do both? you can bet if I or any other regular worker failed a drug test let alone multiple ones we would be looking for a new job tom. I hope the guy gets it together but that does not mean I want to hear how about his “problems” all the time. how long after this stint before he relapses? enough is enough.

  11. metalhead65… I’m assuming you do not have a Union job? As a Police officer, if you fall a drug test, you’re put on a random drug test referral. A 2nd failed drug, you get sent to a drug rehabilitation center. A 3rd drug test, you get sent away for a 90 day drug rehabilitation center. A 4th drug test you go out on a 6 Month payed suspension. A 5th failed test your put out on a non-payed suspension, while on that suspension you go to Section 75 Hearings to determine if you should be fired. At this point, most Police officers resign… Because if they do get fired? They can never work as a Public employee again. But if they voluntarily resign. They have a chance to be a Public Servant again. Your job must suck bro! That’s why I would never work at a place without a Union, NEVER

  12. Annbody’s guess? It’s pretty obvious that as soon as the last camera guy from hard knocks slams his van door shut for the final film session and drives off, Gordon will pop out of the back of the van in full uniform.

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