The Cleveland Browns are not ready to part ways with wide receiver, Josh Gordon.
Gordon has been suspended multiple times for drug violations. He was a star player for the Browns before his being temporarily banned from play for marijuana use. He recently voluntarily entered an in-patient rehab facility in October as opposed to rejoining the Browns. Gordon has not played in a National Football League game since 2014. He is 25 years of age and the Browns feel as though the troubled speedster can still help the franchise.
“We’re not in a position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel like he’s settled himself, ” said Sashi Brown, executive Vice President of football operations for the Cleveland Browns at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday.
Brown did acknowledge that he had concerns about the off the field issues that have haunted what should have been a stellar career for Gordon.
“Now, that’s a separate question,” said Brown. “Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL, and, at that time, we’ll make a decision when we know what’s going on. Josh, assuming that he’d play at the level we started to see glimpses of last preseason and certainly when he was in the league before, would be a talent I think no team in the NFL would turn down if he got back in,” Brown said. “Our decision with Josh is just understanding where he is in his process and being able to add him.”