The Cleveland Browns stunned the NFL world less than 24 hours prior to their Week 2 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. After previously announcing wide receiver Josh Gordon was dealing with a hamstring injury, the team announced they had released the 27-year-old wideout shortly after.
In a move which took many by surprise, the consensus seems to be that there’s potentially more than meets the eye with this decision from the Browns. After a superb 2013 season in which Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games, the talented pass-catcher couldn’t stay on the field.
He dealt with multiple issues relating to the substance abuse policy since entering the league. In 2014, Gordon was suspended for the whole year, but it was later reduced to 10 games. The Browns wideout was then suspended for the entire 2015 season for again violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Although Gordon has been with the Browns since 2012, he’s only played in 41 games over seven seasons, totaling 180 receptions, 3,106 yards, and 16 touchdowns. If there is any discipline handed down from the league, it’s unknown what type of punishment the receiver could be looking at. On the flip side, if this was simply an issue with trust, as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported, then Gordon should have a new home soon.
After the news came out, Twitter went wild over it, understandably. Let’s take a look at some of the reactions which poured in.