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Josh Gordon | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (23) / 4/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 225
College: Baylor
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Suspended WR Josh Gordon insists he does not have addiction issues, and says he believed he was no longer being tested for alcohol following the regular season.
Writing in an open letter, Gordon took his critics to task, trying to paint a picture of a player who has been more unlucky than wayward. He continues to insist his failed 2014 marijuana test was the result of second-hand smoke. He also says the alcohol that led to his failed test earlier this month was consumed on a flight with other Browns players, and was the first time he had drank since his July 2014 DWI. Gordon said he's not yet sure if he will appeal his year-long ban. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding his troubles, Gordon is out of second chances with the NFL. He needs to avoid trouble of any kind from here on out. Jan 29 - 2:01 PM

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Due to his latest suspension, Josh Gordon's contract will be tolled through the 2016 season, and he will only be eligible for restricted free agency in 2017.

This assumes the Browns don't cut Gordon. If they hold onto his rights -- doing so wouldn't count against Cleveland's roster limit -- Gordon will be signed for 2016 and eligible for the Browns to "tender" in 2017. All of this also assumes Gordon commits no violations during his year away. His contract will continue to be "tolled" as long as he's suspended.
Jan 25 - 5:01 PM

Profootballtalk's Mike Florio confirms Josh Gordon's one-year suspension stems from a failed test for alcohol, a substance Gordon was prohibited from consuming following his July 2014 DUI.

Consuming alcohol seems minor to all of us, but it was explicitly banned for Gordon as part of his DUI treatment plan. As NFL Network's Ian Rapoport noted on Twitter, the NFL's substance abuse policy is "extremely strict and spelled out. He'll wait for 2016." Gordon will be 25 1/2 years old when the 2016 season kicks off. He led the NFL in receiving yards at age 22.
Jan 25 - 4:14 PM

A source tells Profootballtalk.com that a successful appeal for Josh Gordon's latest suspension is "unlikely at this point."

Gordon allegedly tested positive for alcohol, something he was presumably prohibited from consuming in connection with his laundry list of drug-related misdeeds. Per PFT's Mike Florio, Gordon's one-year ban is likely a "done deal." The Browns need wide receiver help. And a quarterback.
Jan 25 - 4:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Josh Gordon has flunked yet another drug test and will be subject to a one-year suspension.

Details aren't yet known, but should trickle out within the next 48 hours. Gordon was suspended ten games to open the 2014 season for multiple failed drug tests. The Browns also suspended him for Week 17 following a violation of team rules. There were postseason rumors the Browns might try trading Gordon this offseason, but the latest ban effectively torpedoes his trade value. The Browns may outright release him shortly.
Jan 25 - 3:48 PM

After attending GM Ray Farmer's year-ending press conference Tuesday, ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi sensed a "definite feeling" that Josh Gordon won't be back with the Browns in 2015.

The Chronicle-Telegram's Scott Petrak gets the same feeling. Grossi went as far to say it may take "only five minutes" into staff meetings next week for the team to decide on Gordon. You'd have to think the Browns will try and trade Gordon before outright waiving him, but a split seems likelier by the day.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 10:38:00 AM

Coach Mike Pettine said Josh Gordon is at a "crossroads" with the Browns.

"It's not the ability, but at some point you get tired of using the word potential," said Pettine. "This offseason for him puts him squarely in a crossroads with us." Pettine went on to say that he wants Gordon to remain with the team, but only if he's accountable for his actions and takes his job seriously. Expect the Browns to dangle Gordon in trade talks this offseason. We can't see Cleveland flat-out cutting him. He'd still likely fetch a third-round pick.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 08:42:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports Josh Gordon is viewed as a "perpetual problem" inside the Browns' organization and "has to go."

Let the pile-on begin. The Gordon bashers have come out in full force the past month, and it's now coming to a head after the team suspended him for the season finale because he missed Saturday's walkthrough. Words like "former star" and "habitually late" were also mentioned in the CBS piece. The Browns put up with Gordon's problems when he posted one of the best seasons in NFL history last season, but now that their season has collapsed in front of them, it's time to throw blame wherever. And Gordon and Johnny Manziel are the ones receiving it. The Browns have been an historically-bad organization for years now. They'd be dumb to dump Gordon. But it appears a split may be coming.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 09:53:00 AM

ESPN Cleveland doesn't expect Josh Gordon to remain with the Browns in 2015.

The Browns suspended Gordon after he failed to show up for Saturday's walk-through. He'll finish with just five games active this season, which could prevent him from being eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2016. Per ESPN's Tony Grossi, "it appears doubtful" Gordon will be back with the team. The Browns nearly traded Gordon prior to the 2013 deadline and could shop him again this offseason.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Browns suspended Josh Gordon for Week 17 against the Ravens for a violation of team rules.

Gordon was placed on the reserve/suspended list. WR Phil Bates was promoted off the practice squad to take his place. The Browns did not announce why Gordon was suspended, but NFL.com's Mike Silver reports Gordon missed the Browns' Saturday walk through. The suspension ends a tumultuous season for Gordon. After missing the first 11 weeks of the season serving a league-mandated suspension, Gordon looked out of shape and unfamiliar with the playbook as he struggled his way to 24 catches for 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five starts. Bad quarterback play certainly contributed to Gordon's disappointing stretch, but he was not the transcendent talent that took the league by storm in 2013. Coming off a down season and now serving his third suspension in two years, Gordon's Dynasty stock is crumbling.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 01:49:00 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer says Josh Gordon "continues to struggle with the plays and running the right patterns."

Gordon has a disappointing 24 catches, 303 yards and zero touchdowns in five games since coming off suspension. Some of that can be blamed on poor quarterback and offensive line play, but he's also admitted that the playbook has changed a lot since he was with the team in the preseason. There have also been whispers that he's not in the best physical condition. Gordon closes out the season against the Ravens in Week 17.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Josh Gordon secured 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Browns' Week 16 loss to the Panthers.

Gordon had an early six-yard reception overturned when replay showed the ball hit the ground. He came back to record a handful of short receptions when Brian Hoyer entered the game in the second quarter, replacing Johnny Manziel (hamstring). Gordon will close out a suspension-shortened third NFL season against the Ravens' leaky secondary in Week 17. It's probably good news for Gordon's statistical outlook that Hoyer is back under center.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 04:27:00 PM

Josh Gordon caught 3-of-4 targets for 48 yards in the Browns' Week 15 loss to the Bengals.

Gordon's missed connection was a poorly-thrown ball from Johnny Manziel that he nearly pulled down for a one-handed grab. Gordon never had a prayer on a day where Johnny Football couldn't move the offense. Despite today's debacle, Gordon will be an upside WR2 against the Panthers in Week 16.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 05:23:00 PM

Josh Gordon played on a season-high 79.4 percent of the snaps in Sunday's loss to the Colts.

Gordon incredibly lost some third-down snaps to Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin Sunday, but playing on 54-of-68 snaps is more than enough to produce. It just didn't happen even though he tied for the team-lead in targets with seven against a Vontae Davis-less Colts secondary. Blame Brian Hoyer for incompetence and the Browns coaches for not featuring Gordon -- even if there are whispers his conditioning isn't where it needs to be. Perhaps Johnny Manziel and a Gordon-centric gameplan will bring light in Week 15, but we're not holding our breath. The Browns are bungling a once-promising season.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 08:40:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen is "hearing plenty of criticism" about Josh Gordon, including that he's out of shape.

Gordon, who led the NFL in receiving last season, had his snaps reduced Sunday in favor of Taylor Gabriel and Travis Benjamin. Apparently the Browns aren't happy with his conditioning, route-running and/or grasp of the playbook. Of course, none of this came out over the last two weeks, so it looks like they're trying to save face after making the mistake of sticking with Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel. The Browns would have to be insane not to use Gordon as a full-time, featured player in a must-win game against Cincy in Week 15. The concern is that they are that insane.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 10:33:00 PM