The quick assumption after Josh Gordon found himself in trouble with the NFL, not once but twice, is that the Cleveland Browns will part ways with the wide receiver. Despite the 23-year-old being the most talented offensive threat the Browns have experienced in some time, the embarrassing nature of his run-ins with the law is unacceptable in the NFL. However, the Browns feel differently about the situation. In fact, they have no intention of cutting him at all.
“Josh is a Cleveland Brown,” Browns head coach Mike Pettine told The Akron Beacon Journal. “We want to do what’s best for him. We have a player that potentially needs help. Whether it’s him or whether it’s anybody else that wears the uniform, if we can help, we’ll help. We want to make our decisions always, what’s best for the player, and you try to marry it with what’s best for the team. So that’s why I don’t think that cutting him, while it may have worked for some other people, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the best option here. It might be the worst option for both — for us and for him. We’re going to wait and see what happens and then act accordingly.”
As I already stated, the best option is to keep Gordon for the sole reason that the Browns will not find another player as talented as him, at least not anytime soon. I have to imagine that the organization wants to do everything in their power to help Gordon find himself, especially after he was suspended for a year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, as well as, getting arrested for DWI just last month. However, I also believe that if it were a different player in the same situation, one that didn’t put up a league-leading 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, the Browns would cut ties immediately to save face.
The Browns will have a hard enough time this season without Gordon’s presence on offense, but it’s not all about what is going to happen in 2014 for them. The thought process has to be that he will be a changed man one year from now. At which point the team will begin to get in full swing and become more competitive in the division.