Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Browns release wide receiver Josh Gordon

Browns release wide receiver Josh Gordon

News of the Browns' intent to part ways with Gordon came out Saturday evening when ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the team's intent to release Gordon on Monday.

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Dorsey said.

There's also a report from cleveland.com indicating that Gordon was "not himself" when he showed up late to the team's Berea, Ohio facility on Saturday for treatment and there is suspicion that he might have slipped back into substance abuse, which has led to Gordon being suspended for 56 of a possible 97 games in his Browns career.

The team quickly moved to deactivate him for Sunday's game at the New Orleans Saints, with Rapoport calling the move "unexpected". Gordon was ruled out with a hamstring injury and did not travel with the team.

A trade could happen before Gordon is released.

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen says this decision was the culmination of many factors and that the Browns no longer felt they could trust Gordon.

Gordon hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor that allowed the Browns to draw even with the Steelers and force overtime, where the game ended in a 21-21 tie, a first in the 68-year history of the rivalry.

Gordon missed the majority of training camp, taking time to make a concerted effort to improve his mental and physical health.

If Gordon's issues don't stem from substance abuse then there undoubtedly will be a number of teams looking to acquire a wideout with his huge talent. Through six seasons, Gordon appeared in 41 games, hauling in 130 catches for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

The Browns got a glimpse of what a healthy and focused Gordon could do over the last five games of the 2017 season after his return from his latest NFL-mandated suspension, which lasted almost three full seasons.

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