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Report: Browns likely to trade Josh Gordon before releasing him

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The Cleveland Browns have announced that they will be releasing wide receiver Josh Gordon following their Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Gordon’s shaky relationship with the Browns has been going on for nearly six years now, but the team appears to have finally called it quits.

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter tweeted that multiple sources believe the Browns will be willing to trade Gordon before the release date they set for him.

Earlier this week, the Browns spoke out about making Gordon a more important part of their offense. He was only targeted three times and recorded one 17 yard reception for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in their 21-21 Week 1 tie. Since then, Gordon sustained a hamstring injury that ruled him out of this week’s game. Some sources believe that the cause of this injury was a critical factor in what made the Browns part ways with him.

Gordon has struggled with multiple substance abuse issues since entering the NFL in 2012. He also dealt with a child support dispute with an ex-girlfriend leading up to the 2018 season. The Browns have given him all the time he could ever need to straighten out his personal life and get back on the field.

There is no denying that Gordon is one of the most athletic players in the NFL. He led the league in receiving yards for the 2013-14 season, recording 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns. Teams are already reaching out in hopes of acquiring the star, who was set to become a free agent in 2019. If the Browns can get an asset for Gordon, they should listen to offers.