In a bit of stunning news Saturday, the Cleveland Browns announced they’re parting ways with Josh Gordon. The Browns took him in 2012 out of Baylor University. And, he had been one of the constants on an ever-changing roster of players and coaches.
However, he had become something of a mystery to the NFL world. That’s because the talented player was suspended a number of times during his career. In 2014, the NFL decided to suspend him for the entirety of the season due to his numerous substance abuse incidents.
Gordon would seek rehabilitation for two years, and Cleveland welcomed him back after Gordon announced that he had found his way back from the darkness. Despite the lengthy issues and rehabilitation, the Browns decided to finally part ways with Gordon on September 15, 2018.
Browns GM John Dorsey issued a statement Thursday evening wishing Gordon the best in his future endeavors, and felt “it’s best to part ways and move forward.”
Browns to release WR Josh Gordon
Statement from GM John Dorsey: pic.twitter.com/bQmWraH8Nr
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) September 15, 2018
He will finish his Browns career with 180 receptions, 3,106 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.
But when one door closes, there’s potential for another door to open elsewhere. Gordon, 27, is still in the prime of his career. And he has displayed flashes of greatness when on the field lately. Might another team be capable of using his services?
If so, then there are a handful of teams that fit the bill. When the National Football League and Commissioner Roger Goodell give you a second chance, then that’s all you could ask for…
New England Patriots
How many times have we seen receivers from other teams go on to have great seasons when joining the Patriots? From Chad Ochocinco to Brandin Cooks, when you have a chance to catch passes from Tom Brady it becomes a hard offer to pass up. Naturally, New England lost Cooks and Danny Amendola this offseason. Plus they won’t have the services of Julian Edelman for three more games.
Pairing up another explosive receiver with the likes of Rob Gronkowski could be their missing piece as they look to return to the Super Bowl again. For a third straight year. Whether you like him or not, Bill Belichick knows what’s he doing when he receives the scraps of former teams. Throw in the discipline and accountability that he demands from his players, and the move makes itself.