Ever since the Cleveland Browns traded Trent Richardson the rumors have swirled that Josh Gordon could be the next to be traded. So far, the Browns have said that Gordon is not on the block and have reportedly rebuffed offers from three teams.
The Browns are not out of the playoff race even if their chances of making the playoffs are slim. Gordon is their best receiver and arguably their best offensive weapon at the moment along with tight end Jordan Cameron. Gordon and Cameron are two pieces to build around, not something to trade away.
The Browns have shown what they are capable of with improved quarterback play, going on a three game winning streak that included a win over division rival Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns are not without their warts but they certainly are far from being as bad as they have been in years past.
If the Browns trade Gordon they would be making a grave mistake. Gordon is the Browns second-leading receiver in catches (27) and yards (450) despite missing the first two games of the season due to suspension. He is averaging 16.7 yards per catch and 90 yards per game. Twenty-two of his 27 catches have gone for first downs.
At 22, Gordon still has plenty of room for improvement and should continue to get better as he matures. He is one player that the Browns can build around on offense along with offensive tackle Joe Thomas and Cameron. There is no reason to sacrifice all of the progress the Browns have made for a rebuilding process that has been taking place since the Browns came back to Cleveland in 1999.