The Cleveland Browns may not have had the dream season, but it hasn’t been for lack of effort on the part of second-year wideout Josh Gordon. Cleveland has endured quarterback injuries, most crucially to who they thought was their solidified starter in Brian Hoyer for the season, but through it all Gordon has given this organization some promise.
As a rookie last year, Gordon flashed some huge big-play ability through a typically-mediocre Browns season. Under Brandon Weeden’s leadership, the Browns’ offense never really took off but he surely established some chemistry with his fellow rookie in Gordon a year ago.
This season, the Browns traded away starting running back Trent Richardson in a move that sparked a lot of talk about rebuilding. The next name to be heard amongst the trade rumors was that of Gordon. Head coach Rob Chudzinski tried putting a lid on all of the rumors, saying there’s no way they would trade him. But, there hasn’t been necessarily any closure from the front office.
Well, if there was ever a time to assure the fans that Gordon isn’t going anywhere, it’s now. The sophomore wide receiver has absolutely torched opposing defenses this season and as of late, he’s looked unstoppable. Even after missing the first two games of the year due to suspension, Gordon has put up some gaudy numbers: 64 catches for 1,249 yards and seven touchdowns with a whopping 19.5 yards per catch.
If there was any doubt in the minds of Cleveland fans a couple of weeks ago, I would bet that the organization could easily put that to rest if they wanted to. If I’m a Browns fan, I wouldn’t be too worried anymore after seeing how much Gordon means to the offense, but of course this is a business and anything is possible. With new management and all, the Browns still may be looking to change a few things around the franchise.
If any of those changes include Gordon being shipped out of town, the front office needs to re-examine their brains. That absolutely cannot be part of the plan, now. In no way, shape or form does getting rid of Gordon help this team. Keep him on board as a firm building block and go from there.