Despite the fact that the Browns received several tempting offers, according to the Plain Dealer, the team decided to take a risk and hang onto their best receiver.
The risk has nothing to do with Gordon’s play on the field. He has racked up more than 100 yards in three of the six games he has played this season.
Instead, the risk is that if Gordon violates the NFL substance abuse policy again, he could be suspended for at least a year.
By keeping Gordon, the current Browns management has placed its stamp of approval on him, for better or worse. He is no longer “a guy that was picked by the old regime.”
Now Gordon can relax and know that he won’t be on the next plane out of town. The Browns have a fast, 22-year-old receiver who can make big plays. It would have made no sense to trade him for a draft choice and then hope to pick a guy like Josh Gordon.
Jason Campbell now knows that Gordon and Jordan Campbell will be his two main receiving threats for the rest of the season. Hopefully, the Browns can pick up at least three more wins in the second half of the season.
If the Browns had gotten rid of Gordon, the second half would have been boring and depressing. Now, the Browns have solidified one of the building blocks for the future, just as if they had drafted Josh Gordon all over again.
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