The Cleveland Browns will see yet another ex-player, this time Josh Gordon, giving it a go in the XFL.
The Cleveland Browns are going to see some alumni in the spring seasons this year. Both the USFL and the XFL are going to be having new seasons this year, with the USFL starting on April 15, and the XFL starting on Feb. 18. Both leagues will have ex-Browns players on their rosters but only one team, the Seattle Sea Dragons, will be able to boast about carrying Josh Gordon on their roster.
The XFL’s Sea Dragons will see the former Browns receiver Gordon taking reps with the squad in what will be the league’s third attempt at a launch. The first went awfully, with cheap ploys and tactics to get people to tune in, while the second was actually quite enjoyable football but was dashed by the start of the pandemic.
The XFL, once started by the WWE’s Vince McMahon, is now in the hands of one of his biggest stars ever, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Things are a bit different with Johnson, as a guy like Gordon wouldn’t have fit in the XFL under McMahon’s 2.0 mantra, but now he’s getting a shot not long after playing with the Tennessee Titans.
Josh Gordon is on his last chance
The Cleveland Browns gave Gordon chance after chance and all of those were pissed away. He ended up in New England with the Patriots, where he again got himself in trouble, and eventually ended up in Seattle. He didn’t do much better in Seattle, again finding himself in trouble with the league.
He then spent some time with the Fan Controlled Football league, playing receiver for the Zappers, alongside former Browns’ teammate Johnny Manziel.
This got Gordon a fourth shot in the league with Kansas City but was waved, and ended up signing with the Tennessee Titans a few weeks after that. He would be released by the Titans not three weeks later.
It’s hard to see Gordon getting a sixth shot in the NFL if he fails to make an impact with the XFL. Truthfully, the best thing for him would be to find success in the XFL and stay there for the rest of his career. They could develop him into a marquee star for the brand and Gordon can play in a league that’s less demanding on his mental health. It’s a win-win.