The Browns have needed a wide receiver for quite some time, they may have one to help their stagnant offense.
Josh Gordon was conditionally reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday evening to return to the National Football League and the Cleveland Browns.
Gordon can join the team immediately and participate in team meetings and individual workouts. He’ll be allowed to practice starting on November 20th and can be activated to the 53-man roster at the earliest of November 27 if the team chooses to do so.
Browns Executive VP of Football Operations Sashi Brown released this statement following the league’s decision:
“We’ve been informed of the league’s decision to reinstate Josh. The personal well-being of all our players is of the utmost importance to us. We respect and commend Josh for taking the steps necessary to have the opportunity to return to the league. Josh will be in our building in the coming days and we look forward to having him back and sitting with him to discuss his future on our team.”
From the looks of the statement, the organization will give Gordon another chance to prove himself that he has changed and will be a better person going forward, he gets a few weeks to do just that before the team has a decision to make.
We all know what Josh Gordon can be and has been as a football player, his first two seasons in the league he put up some Hall of Fame worthy numbers with 137 catches, 2,451 yards and 14 touchdowns combined during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
We also know what Gordon is off the field with his multiple failed drug tests and signs of immaturity which he has went to rehab multiple times over the last year and was chronicled in a short documentary on Undisputed.com
It’ll be interesting to see what the Browns will do with Gordon. It’s obvious that they’re going to give him another shot but will they let him see the field this season as a member of the franchise.
Adam Schefter of ESPN said in a radio interview to ESPN Cleveland on Wednesday morning that he does not expect to see Gordon play for the Browns again.
With the Browns lacking a playmaker at the receiver position and the fact they’re 0-8, it’s honestly not going to hurt them for giving Gordon another shot but they to dump a certain wide receiver off the roster to keep Gordon on the right track.
I’m referring to Kenny Britt as he has been a bad influence on Corey Coleman during the season like breaking team rules when they both missed curfew during the road trip to Houston a couple of weeks ago.
Gordon seems to be in a good place and doesn’t need a negative influence like Britt to lead him down the dark path he’s been on during his professional career.
In terms of Gordon’s contract, he’ll be eligible to play for five games and it takes six to accrue a year on a contract.
That means the Browns will hold his right again for another season instead of him entering free agency this offseason.