Josh Gordon Released From Rehab Facility

Embattled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been released from an inpatient treatment facility, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing league sources. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms the report.

Josh Gordon (vertical)

Schefter reports that Gordon was released last week after completing the 30-day program in New Hampshire, which is said to be the most intensive treatment that he has gone through. One league source added that Gordon is doing “a lot better.”

We heard late last month that the Browns plan to part with Gordon, and Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that those plans have not changed, even though Cleveland controls Gordon’s rights for two more seasons. Both Ulrich and Schefter report that Cleveland would like to trade the Baylor product, and there is some question as to whether he can be dealt, since he remains suspended and there is no indication that he will be reinstated by the league prior to Tuesday’s 4pm trade deadline. Cabot, however, reports that the Browns can indeed try to trade Gordon by Tuesday, even if he is not reinstated.

Gordon was set to return from a four-game suspension on October 9 against New England, but he chose to enter rehab instead. He has been suspended for 35 of the Browns’ last 40 games because of recurring violation’s of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. If he is, in fact, eligible to be traded, the Eagles are one team that would seem like a perfect match on paper.

Now let’s take a quick look at several more Browns-related items:

  • Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets that cornerback Joe Haden has been the subject of trade talks, and if he can prove he’s healthy, Rapoport believes those talks could really heat up in advance of the trade deadline.
  • Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports confirms recent reports that LT Joe Thomas is unlikely to be moved, given that the Browns are seeking greater compensation than the market will bear.

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9 comments on “Josh Gordon Released From Rehab Facility

  1. Giants51

    And wants this head case….????

    • Polish Hammer

      I sure whoever takes him on will give up picks on a huge sliding scale based on his production/availability. He has tremendous talent if he could only keep his nose clean. He’ll also need a full time babysitter like Josh Hamilton had.

    • JT19

      Just like any team would want a headcase like Dez or OBJ, they’re insanely talented. Gordon comes with a worse set of baggage considering he’s constantly being suspended, but if he can prove that’s all in the past (which I hope he can, but have doubts) teams will gladly take a chance on him.

  2. Ravens_Last_Place

    Offer a conditional 7th that could turn into a 6th. If he fails, who cares. If he succeeds, you have Josh Gordon for a 6th and CLE is free of him.

    But CLE probably wants a 2nd or 3rd lol.

  3. Sinclair Garvin

    Mistake to trade Josh Gordon! They will get nothing for even if they get a 4th or 5th round pick because you do not find Josh Gordon talent in the later rounds of the draft. Hue Jackson prides himself as a players coach, if he can reach Josh he’s their best WR.

    • JT19

      I agree and disagree with this. I agree because you’re right they won’t get equal value (or surplus value) and if he’s constantly going to find himself suspended, it makes more sense to just keep him on their suspended list like the Jags are doing with Blackmon. However, I can see why the Browns would want to rid themselves of him. With the state of their franchise (laughing stock of the league) and draft pick busts (namely Manziel), I can see Browns ownership/front office wanting to create a new culture in their organization. Keeping Gordon prevents that change in culture from happening.

    • Polish Hammer

      Yes, but all that talent means nothing if he can’t get on the field. The best ability w player can have is avail-ability!

  4. sbrown285

    Gordon will join the patriots for practically nothing

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