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Browns to release WR Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

The Cleveland Browns are set to release wide receiver Josh Gordon on Monday, the team announced Saturday.

Browns general manager John Dorsey released a statement saying the team has reached a point where they decided to part ways:

“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday. For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”

Gordon, who has dealt with substance abuse problems for most of his career, missed training camp as he sought mental health treatment but made his return ahead of the season opener. He had been ruled out for their Week 2 matchup against the New Orleans Saints due to a hamstring injury.

Gordon was a second-round pick by the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft. After a promising rookie season, he delivered an incredible sophomore campaign where he led the league with 1,646 yards en route to First-Team All-Pro honors.

However, his career quickly went off the rails shortly after that. He went on to play just five games over the next three years due to various suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Gordon was finally reinstated by the league on November 2017. He went on to play five games that season, recording 18 catches for 335 yards.

In his seven-year career in Cleveland, Gordon played just 41 games (38 starts), making 180 catches for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.