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.