“A few teams” inquiring about a Josh Gordon trade

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The Browns have announced that they’ll cut receiver Josh Gordon. But they’re not bound by that, and there’s a very good chance he won’t be cut, after all.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, “a few teams” already have inquired about a possible trade for Gordon.

Trading for Gordon and his $790,000 contract becomes more attractive for a new team than trying to sign him on the open market. Trading Gordon becomes attractive for the Browns because his status as a vested veteran would allow him to collect the balance of his pay in Cleveland as termination pay and keep whatever he gets elsewhere.

A new team via trade would stand in Cleveland’s shoes in all ways, having Gordon under contract this year along with the right to keep him through the use of a restricted free agency tender in 2019. Ultimately, however, the NFL will have an important say in whether Gordon will be able to keep playing, based on whether he has violated the substance-abuse policy.

It’s unclear which teams would be interested in Gordon. The Seahawks currently have needs at the position, as do the Patriots. The Cowboys lack a No. 1 option. A full slate of Sunday games could create other needs in other teams.

62 responses to ““A few teams” inquiring about a Josh Gordon trade

  1. I would think the list would have to be all good teams. If I’m a team that’s not very good, A, I don’t want to give up draft picks, and B, I have a good chance of getting him off of waivers if he’s not traded

    I would think the teams calling would be like Philly/NE/Seattle

  2. The Seahawks would probably lead to another relapse for this guy but he fits their misfit kounter kulture team.

  3. Jaguars could be on the list. They are in need and have plenty of draft picks,No state tax and legalized weed in Florida now. Plus Coughlin and Marone with their strict team rules could probably keep him in line unlike the Arena league impression Browns could do.

  4. After having dealt with Justin Blackmon for years, why would the Jaguars want to bring in a receiver just like him?

  5. amurdora says:
    September 16, 2018 at 9:36 am
    Hopefully he goes somewhere with a good support structure and not a team that’s a total dumpster fire.

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    That would rule out Minnesoooota & Seahacks

  6. sumkat says:
    September 16, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I would think the list would have to be all good teams. If I’m a team that’s not very good, A, I don’t want to give up draft picks, and B, I have a good chance of getting him off of waivers if he’s not traded.
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    He’s not going on waivers; he’s either going to be traded or he is a free agent.

  7. If Gordon’s people are smart, or at least have his best interests in mind, theyll try to get him with a team that is both solid in terms of structure AND support. Sending him to the place with the greatest need may not be the best place for HIM.

    I’m no Patriots fan… but they might well have the structure he needs. Jax might be good too. Coughlin and all.

  8. Wait a minute. Seahawk fans are all over these comments telling us that they have a GREAT receiver corps. Maybe Seattle will sign Gordon to play right offensive tackle.

  9. Unless the asking price is too high, it is a good gamble to trade for him. At his best, he is an elite class receiver, but he has been suspended more often than he has been playing. If he is suspended, his team does not pay him his salary so it is not a financial risk to get him.

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    It’s unfortunate for Gordon because he is a dominant receiver and could be easily be making 10 million a year.
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  11. If the Pats get him they can do what they did with Michael Floyd. House him at the hotel in Patriot Place that’s a 3 minute walk from the stadium. Hotel and bars/restaurants in Patriot Place not allowed to serve him alcohol. No access to weed. Under close supervision of the team.

    Maybe his best bet to get on the field and stay on there, at least for this season.

  12. It’s pretty clear he never wanted to be in Cleveland…leaves the team as training camp is starting for a dispute about child support and now shows up a bit late and is not himself. He did just enough to push the Browns over the edge but not enough to sabotage himself with other teams. The Browns on the other hand are stupid for announcing they would release him before seeking out trade options. They’ve pretty much backed themselves into a late round pick now because teams know they’re releasing him. Some things never change!!!

  13. The Browns are no intelligent waiting until Gordon is finally ready to go, then over some trivial thing, decide to cut/trade him.

  14. The NFL is truly a fantasy league when a player as Gordon, background history and his not showing up preseason and then this week late and out of it coming to meetings and hurt not in football, why would anyone want this player. No wonder many fans aren’t tuning into the NFL channel or watching games.

  15. skoobyfl says:
    September 16, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Buffalo on line 1-2-3
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    Buffalo looks to be in complete rebuilding mode, again. The last thing they should do is give up draft picks for a problem guy who won’t affect their win total one iota.

  16. he’s playing his way out of Cleveland in his quest to become the only player in history to play high for every franchise in the league.

  17. Yeah, I’m pretty sure this isn’t true at all. His agent is at least trying by feeding the right people in the media who dictate instead of report though. I doubt he ever plays another down just like Bryant for different reasons.

  18. If he was named Joosh, after some latino man, he would have probably gotten an unrealistic ego and enjoyed the company of his hangers-on. Being named Josh saved him, sure he does the Mary Jane, but better then being named Joosh.

  19. This guy is yet more proof of the negative effects (they do exist) of weed. Stoners will have you believe it’s a miracle drug that can cure any ill (yet stoners only smoke it to get high), but I’ve known plenty of people who struggle to quit the stuff. This guy has thrown away his career for it. Sad.

  20. I’d love to see the Arizona Cardinals trade a later pick for him adding him to their stable of WR’s. However, if he has violated the substance abuse policy or NFL Teams feel a violation is coming down the pipeline then heck No. Gordon is an absolute moron if actually did that as if he did he just threw his NFL Career away as NO TEAM will resign him again. He has given up on millions upon millions of dollars over $20 bags of Marijuana as well as a 1st ballot Hall of Fame NFL Career, Gordon must have an IQ somewhere around room Temperature.

  21. BB is the only super-coach who can control Gordon’s ego. However, the Pats have nothing in draft picks to give. But I believe that is the only place where Gordon can go and be successful. If the Pats are re-thinking Kenny Britt, you know Gordon is definitely in the Pats future.

  22. harrisbarton says:
    September 16, 2018 at 9:58 am
    Wait a minute. Seahawk fans are all over these comments telling us that they have a GREAT receiver corps. Maybe Seattle will sign Gordon to play right offensive tackle.
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    Hawks WR’s are pathetic this season, just terrible especially now that WR Doug Baldwin is out for a minimum of the next few months with a Torn MCL. Behind Doug all the Hawks have is Tyler Lockett who is more of a #3/#4 type talent at WR, Jaron Brown is a #4WR who’s not that good at all and drops wayyyy to many pass’s especially at the worst possible times in clutch moments & he struggles to seperate consistently. Behind Jaron is a 34yr old washed up Brandon Marshall who no one wanted, Marshall isnt all that good anymore at this point in his NFL Csreer. Behind Brandon is…. uhhh… Thin , lets just put it that way especially being that Amara Darboh who SEA drafted in RD3 has turned out to be an NFL Draft Bust. Hawks receiving core is among the NFL’s worst especially lacking receivers at TE w/ Ed Dickson IR already.

  23. I call BS. The market for a player who hasn’t played in 4 years because he can’t say no to the ganj and will be banned for life with one more infraction is strong enough that teams are willing to give up draft capital? BS. This is an effort by the Browns to creat interest in the player so they can fleece some dumb team so they can at least get something back on their 5 year investment.

  24. Any team trading for him is run by a bunch of morons. A relationship with Gordon is going to take trust, hard work, and empathy. Forcing him into a 750k salary this year is an awful way to start that relationship.

    I think someone like Andy Reid signing him to an incentive based contract could work for him.

  25. Why would a team be interested? He was unable to go through training camp. he’s late for meetings, the team doctors had concern that perhaps he was struggling again with his sobriety or on the verge of relapsing, he’s been suspended multiple times. He has played 41 games in 7 years. 11 games in 5 years since his Pro Bowl year.

  26. mayfieldroadboy says:
    September 16, 2018 at 11:43 am
    BB is the only super-coach who can control Gordon’s ego. However, the Pats have nothing in draft picks to give. But I believe that is the only place where Gordon can go and be successful. If the Pats are re-thinking Kenny Britt, you know Gordon is definitely in the Pats future.
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    Actually the Patriots have a small stockpile of picks next year. They have a 1st, two 2nds, three 3rds, a 4th, a 5th, a 6th, and up to 3 7th round compensatory picks. They have lots of flexibility here. If they take a flyer on Gordon, they should hook him up with receiver/special teams/team captain Matt Slater, and as another poster pointed out, house him at the hotel at Gillette and provide a structured support environment that keeps him on campus with no access to alcohol or drugs. If that happens, maybe he stays clean long enough to get over the hump and get the monkey off his back.

  27. kcc123 says:
    September 16, 2018 at 9:27 am
    Cleveland will get a 3rd rd. out of this. No way a “conditional “ 7th even gets close.
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    A 3rd rounder? I doubt that. Maybe a conditional 5th rounder if he plays more than half the games this season.

  28. Maybe Hue was thinking darn we almost won that game maybe I should cut the only offensive player to score a TD coming off not being w the team all offseason.

    Maybe if he had a bad game. K catches and some drops. At least Hue abd Dorsey are completely incompetent as before the released him out right they releazied he be picked up in a second.

    I bet every team would love to have him except for the Browns who need all the receiving help they can get especially just cutting a recent 1st rd WR this offseason.

    Don’t know who’s happier team that gets him or Gordon himself to get the he11 outta Cle.

  29. Penny-pinching Mode would trade for Josh Gordon in a heart beat because

    1. he has a cheap contract
    2. he is a better bet to avoid suspension than some of the players Penny-pinching Mode recently signed.
    3. Even if they give up a first round pick for him, it is still worth it because Penny-pinching Mode has done poorly with the draft, including the first round. They picked Germain Ifedi (2016) and Rashad Penny (2018) in the first round recently for example. Both were projected 2nd to third round picks according to draft analysts.
    4. The few good first round picks they have since Petey became had coach are all gone as free agents, except Earl Thomas. These first round picks are T Russell Okung, S ET (2010), G James Carpenter (2011) and DE/LB Bruce Irvin (2012). They have no first round pick in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

  30. I hope no team trades for him or signs him after he is a FA.
    Gordon must learn the hard way about his poor choice of drugs over a pro football career.
    He had his chance and blew it in a major way.
    I feel zero pity for him.
    Illegal drug addiction is NOT a “disease”, it is a CHOICE.

  31. I can’t imagine any team would give up a draft pick for him. He likely is done and, if he did play, likely would not be very good and not worth the distraction. You can’t take years away from the game and maintain elite skills.

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