The Josh Gordon situation has gone from bad to worse. Early Saturday morning, he was arrested for driving while impaired in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. The incident is just the latest in a string of off-field issues surrounding Gordon’s young NFL career. The Cleveland Browns must take this news as the final straw, cut Gordon, and focus on players that will actually be on the field this season.
There is no doubting Gordon’s talent. He is a threat whenever he is on the field, but that is something we will be seeing much less of in the near future. One thing is for sure: this latest arrest pretty much forces the NFL to take swift action against Gordon, and Roger Goodell isn’t exactly known for being soft in the discipline department.
The Cleveland Browns must acknowledge the likely reality that Gordon will not be suiting up at all this season. In fact, the best thing they could do is cut him. Such a move would send a message to the team that Gordon’s tenure in Cleveland is a thing of the past, and that the Browns will be just fine operating without him.
And it’s not like the Browns don’t have anybody to catch the ball. In addition to budding star tight end Jordan Cameron, the Browns picked up receivers Miles Austin, Andrew Hawkins, and Nate Burleson over the offseason. Those are several established, proven pass-catchers that will respond positively to Gordon getting the chop.
Situations like these are best handled with direct, aggressive action on the part of franchises. By cutting Gordon, the Browns would send a clear message to their players that if you don’t make sacrifices for your team—like avoiding driving while impaired, of all things—then you simply don’t deserve to have a spot the locker room.