Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns


It is unclear specifically why the Browns made a decision to cut ties with Gordon, but his release will bring to an end a saga of off-the-field problems related to Gordon's substance abuse suspensions and addiction. Per a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns were anxious Gordon had a relapse in his substance abuse addiction. If another team trades for Gordon, he will play this season for his minimum salary and can be tendered after this season.

Gordon was previously ruled out for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring injury. I wish all of you nothing but the best. He has been suspended multiple times for violating the league's substance abuse policy, missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning a year ago.

It is unclear what the release means for Gordon's playing future.

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Despite Gordon's breathtaking amount of red flags and off-field issues, there should be plenty of receiver-needy teams eager take him up on his postscript offer. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Gordon suffered the injury during a promotional shoot. The event was not sponsored by the team but was for a line of products, possibly clothing, that the receiver was endorsing, the source said. He scored last week for Cleveland in its season-opening tie against the Steelers.

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon, 27, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games with the Browns.

Others were perplexed, wondering why the Browns would cut Gordon now after sticking with him for so many years. Promising rookie Antonio Callaway also could get more looks. He informed the Browns on the eve of training camp in late July that he could not report, because he needed time to sort through some personal issues, which apparently did not, for once, include some manner of drug abuse.