Aug 8, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) against St. Louis Rams strong safety Darian Stewart (20) at FirstEnergy Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Cleveland Browns Cut Josh Gordon?


Josh Gordon is in more trouble…this time with the law ,after a recent DWI arrest in Raleigh, N.C.

With suspension clouds looming over the Pro Bowler after a reported failed drug test from last May, the Browns have already been making plans to play the 2014 campaign without their superstar wideout.

Techinically, Gordon’s DWI has no impact on his appeal hearing for the failed test, which is slated to take place later this month. But that doesn’t change the fact that the former supplmentantl draft pick’s life appears to be in shambles.

Former Browns CEO Joe Banner tried to trade him because of fears Gordon couldn’t stay on the straight and narrow, and those assumptions are proving to be true.

But what do the Browns do with the 23-year-old? Should the franchise release him and move on?

The answer is no. If Gordon is suspended this season, the missed time won’t count toward his contract. If he gets reinstated next year, his contract would pick up where it left off. Gordon has two years left on his deal, and was expected to make $825,000 this season, accruing to Spotrac.com. If he takes the field in 2015, he’ll still have two years left on his contract.

Plus, he’s not owed any huge roster bonuses and has just a $50,000 “workout bonus” slated to come his way this season.

There’s no rush for the Browns to release Gordon. The organization can hold on to him and hope he one day takes the field.

As ESPN Cleveland reporter Tony Grossi stated on Twitter, Gordon will either play again for the Browns, or nobody at all.

 

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  • Jarod Cook

    I agree with you, the Browns gain nothing by just cutting ties with Gordon. Instead they need to take a more active hands on approach to the situation. This kid needs help, and I’m sure with their organization and resources they can get him the help he needs. Current and former players are coming out saying they’ll step in and mentor him, to get his life back on track. But that doesn’t mean anything if he’s not willing to accept the offers from players or the team.

    I know he comes from a background that most people don’t take the the time to understand or care for. And it’s hard for people who make it out of those situations, to just break ties with their friends who still live in those places. We’ve seen this with plenty of other former and current athletes. Right now Gordon has reached probably one of the biggest crossroads in his life. And for the Browns organization to continue handling the situation like they have so far, will lead to nothing but bad results for this kids life. But he’s got to take that first step and accept the help that’s out there for him.

    • 9blackdog

      Background little to do with nothing in this situation. TheBrowns just continue to be inept in their decisions and organizational competence. The coaches obviously have no control over the direction of their players. There is no accountability with a bunch of bozos running things. From Gordon to Manzel, some players have little respect for those who are running things. They can do whatever they want. Secondly, their decision not to draft a receiver in the top spot and the decision to take Manzel will keep this organization mirroring the overall image of the city, “Pathetic”

  • glennantz

    Good luck. He will need it.