Hear me out, the Cleveland Browns should sign Josh Gordon
The Cleveland Browns are still in need of some receiver help and with Odell Beckham wanting $20 million, the team would be wise to pursue another ex-Cleveland Browns receiver, Josh Gordon. Gordon who went to his only Pro Bowl and All-Pro while a member of the Browns organization nearly a decade ago, would be an interesting fit. Yes, during his tenure with the Browns, he failed drug test after drug test.
The team can no longer claim the moral high ground for Gordon’s failures, however. The team now employs Deshaun Watson, so a guy like Gordon is no longer off the market for this squad. Not only has the bar been lowered to the type of talent this team should go after, but Gordon, to all of the credit in his own right, has found a second life with the XFL.
Yes, a little dig at Watson, but no disrespect intended for Gordon, who has emerged as the star of the league, and rightfully so. It isn’t just his name value and former All-Pro/Pro Bowl status that has earned him the right to be taken seriously as an option. His play on the field has done all of that for him.
Josh Gordon is breaking the XFL right now
Gordon, who played in the Fan Controlled Football League as well, has found a home in Seattle with the Seadragons. Through four games he’s tied for second in the league in receiving touchdowns (3), he’s fifth in the league among receivers in receptions (18), he’s tied for second in the league for receptions over 20 yards or more (4) and he’s third in the league in first-downs converted (13).
Most of the guys ahead of him are his own teammates. So imagine what he’d look like in a pro-style offense with some better talent around him? He could very well be a 1,000 receiver once again.
Gordon has earned another shot in the NFL and if there’s a team willing to give him a fair shake, then he may just return to a familiar form. He may never, more than likely, return to his 2013 form, but that’s ok. If he can play as well as Donovan Peoples-Jones or even better, then he’ll prove his worth to the club going forward.