If The Cleveland Browns dealing Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round draft choice shows anything, it is that Joe Banner and company are hellbent on building a team around talent chosen by this regime.
After jettisoning 2012 first-rounder Richardson, it seems the next most obvious player who could soon be on the move is second-year receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon, added in the supplemental draft last summer, was suspended the first two weeks of this season after violating the league’s substance abuse policy, and makes his return this weekend.
Because of his big-play ability (50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie), he has an upside. However, because of his issues off the field, his price tag certainly is anything but sky high at the moment.
This is where the Philadelphia Eagles should take notice.
In an offense built on speed and without Jeremy Maclin this season, a weapon like Gordon could be the latest weapon in first-year head coach Chip Kelly’s arsenal.
Riley Cooper is currently the Eagles’ second receiver and he certainly has the build to be a red-zone target, but his big play potential is limited.
With Brandon Weeden throwing Gordon the ball last season, he was targeted 96 times and averaged a paltry 16.1 yards per catch.
With Michael Vick under center and one of the game’s premier offensive lines protecting him, there certainly would be plenty of potential for a Vick-to-Gordon connection in the City of Brotherly Love.
After moving Richardson after just two weeks this season, it seems as though the Browns may want to move quickly to maximize future draft picks.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman would be wise to make a phone call to the former Eagles President, to see if he can’t benefit from the latest incarnation of a Browns rebuild.
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