Josh Gordon is finally back on the field for the Cleveland Browns after missing all but five games over the past two seasons thanks to suspensions. The 25-year-old wideout is incredibly talented but one of the most unreliable athletes in recent memory. Which is why the Browns should absolutely look to trade him while he still has value.
Despite coming off suspension, Gordon is still buddy-buddy with fellow perpetual problem child Johnny Manziel. That’s a terrible sign for his football future. Right now he’s an insanely athletic guy who hauled in 87 receptions for 1,646 yards during his last full season. He’s also a guy who has been arrested and suspended by the NFL numerous times. This is almost certainly his last chance in the league. Do the Browns really want to risk him falling apart again and getting nothing for him in return?
The Browns are apparently not even listening to offers on Gordon despite calls from numerous teams. I realize they will never get equal value for a guy of Gordon’s talent level, but the likelihood that the Baylor product will straighten up and fly right is incredibly slim given his history. They could extract a draft pick or two for him. Besides, there’s no harm in listening to offers.
Gordon is one bad night out from never playing in the NFL again. The Browns are taking a huge risk by not even entertaining trade offers for him. Maybe he’s turned his life around 180 degrees and is a completely different person, but given the company he keeps I don’t see that being the case.