Extra Points: Browns, Bengals, Oher, Raiders

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is currently without an agent, tweets Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, who adds Gordon has utilized three different agents in three years. Gordon, 26, is in limbo at the moment after applying for reinstatement in March. He’s yet to hear back from the league regarding his status, and Gordon’s fate with Cleveland is also in question. While reports have indicated the Browns may look to trade Gordon, executive VP of football operations Sashi Brown said the club is open to a Gordon return.

Here’s more from around the NFL:

  • The Bengals have agreed to pay first-round wide receiver John Ross his entire 2017 base salary even if he lands on the non-football injury list, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Though Ross suffered injuries (including a torn labrum) while playing football, he wasn’t yet in the NFL when those issues cropped, so the NFI list is still a viable option. Clubs aren’t required to pay players on NFI, but will typically negotiate some sort of compensation if a unique situation arises, and that’s especially true if the player was injured upon arrival in the NFL. Cincinnati inked Ross to a four-year deal worth $17.116MM earlier this week.
  • Given that Max Unger may miss┬áthe start of the 2017 campaign, the Saints could turn to reserve interior lineman Senio Kelemete to man the center position until Unger returns to full health. Taking over the starting job could be financially beneficial to Kelemete, as he can earn a $200K incentive if he plays 50% of New Orleans’ snaps next season, according to Nick Underhill of the Advocate (Twitter link). Kelemete, 26, can bring in another $200K for hitting the 60% and 70% snap mark, as well. In 2016, Kelemete played on 57.5% of the Saints’ offensive plays.
  • Panthers offensive tackle Michael Oher turned himself in to Nashville police on Tuesday and will now appear in court on June 6, according to Joseph Person and Lavendrick Smith of the Charlotte Observer. Oher was cited for misdemeanor assault last week following an altercation with an Uber driver in which Oher allegedly knocked the driver to the ground. Carolina selected Western Michigan tackle Taylor Moton in the second round, so Oher — who is still dealing with concussion concerns on top of his legal issues — isn’t a lock to return as a starter, or even make the roster, in 2017.
  • The Raiders were “impressed” by undrafted safety Marcus McWilson, and are expected to sign him to a contract following his tryout at the club’s rookie minicamp, per Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal (Twitter link). McWilson, a Kentucky product, played in 13 games for the Wildcats in 2016, racking up 108 tackles (4.5 for loss) and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Oakland has already signed 17 UDFAs and two additional tryout players, but hasn’t yet announced the signing of McWilson.
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6 comments on “Extra Points: Browns, Bengals, Oher, Raiders

  1. SamURLJackson

    It’s time for both Oher and Gordon to move on.

    It’s also a shame that Goodell won’t change the drug policy based on how he feels the majority would perceive his league. Their imagine(given CTE) is already tarnished. They force pills down throats to ease the pain, causing years of mental distress as side effects.

  2. TrollHunter

    The NFLs drug policy has nothing to do with public perception. The NFL doesn’t care what drugs it’s players use. The drug policy is in place to target idiots! They only test twice a year. 1st at the combine, and second at training camp, and every player knows this. If you do drugs right before, knowing your going to be tested, then that’s a red flag that your either dumb, addicted, or not dedicated. It’s only after you’ve popped once that the NFL cracks down with random testing and harsh penalties.

    • yoyo137

      You hit the nail right on the head man, if everyone in the NFL got drug tested as often as Josh Gordon and Johnny Manziel, half the league would probably be suspended.

  3. Blewit

    Lets not let this news distract you from the fact that the falcons blew a 25 point lead in the superbowl!!

  4. sufferfortribe

    Still wondering why Gordon wasn’t reinstated, while a couple others in the same situation were.
    Is there more to it?

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