Following the Cleveland Browns revealing their decision to release wide receiver Josh Gordon, the 27-year-old opted to take the road less traveled with his reaction. After first thanking the Browns, Gordon then took a unique approach on social media, asking any NFL teams if they need a wide receiver.
That’s about as interesting a response as one could hope for from Gordon, who technically won’t be released until Monday. There’s actually a strong possibility at this point that he may not be released at all.
On Sunday, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport revealed that Gordon is already targeting two teams. Should he be released, it seems there’s a chance he could have a personal interest in the Dallas Cowboys or San Francisco 49ers.
It’s unknown at this point if either team has an interest in the young wideout, but both could certainly use a deep threat to add to their arsenal.
Options for Josh Gordon’s Immediate Future
As ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed, multiple teams inquired about trading for Gordon shortly after the news of his pending release came out.
As Schefter points out, the 27-year-old wide receiver would not hit waivers, so it would essentially be a free for all to recruit Gordon for interested teams. This has surely played a part in teams potentially trying to swing a deal for the talented pass-catcher. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport followed up this report by revealing the Browns have “as many as five teams” researching a possible trade for the wideout.
Gordon had a superb 2013 season in which he hauled in 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games, unfortunately, he’s been unable to stay on the field throughout his career. Since joining the Browns in 2012, he’s only played in 41 games over the span of seven seasons.
Following a season-long suspension that was handed down in 2014 which was later reduced to 10 games, Gordon was suspended for the entire 2015 season. Both incidents involved violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Gordon will unquestionably have interested parties moving forward, as there are quite a few teams in need of help at wide receiver. Where he lands, though, and whether or not he’s facing any type of NFL discipline are the two looming questions.
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