We don’t yet know why the Cleveland Browns are parting ways with wideout Josh Gordon. But we do know that it’s not because he failed another test. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport made that clear Sunday morning.
“Notes on Josh Gordon’s impeding departure from the Browns: His release was not a result of a substance abuse violation or failing a test. He did injure his hamstring at a photo shoot.”
However, we’re starting to find out a little more. Sources tell ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Gordon broke Cleveland’s “trust” after reporting to the facility Saturday with a hamstring injury. All week long, he’d been a full participant in practice. The source adds that there are other “mitigating factors” pertaining to current and past incidents.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter adds that Gordon has a destination or two in mind. But he knows that it’s not up to him.
“Cleveland prefers to trade WR Josh Gordon out of the AFC, and to an NFC team, and that’s the Browns’ current intent, per sources. … Gordon knows he has no say in where he is traded, but the two places he’s hoping to land are with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.”
Both teams could definitely use him. The Cowboys look lifeless on offense right now. We don’t know if it’s Dak Prescott or *checks Dallas’ depth chart* oh nevermind. They haven’t been helping him out at all. Prescott might not be as good as the QB we saw during his rookie season, but right now he has little to no help. Dez Bryant is a free agent. Jason Witten doesn’t play football anymore. Right now, the Cowboys have Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley at wideout. Is Ezekiel Elliott going to carry the ball 40 times per game?
In the meantime, Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers are fresh off a Week 1 loss. But they’re coming off a loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Or in other words, a team that one season ago had the top-ranked defense in the league. In other words, that’s not a bad loss to take. Especially with a 16-24 scoreline.
But most importantly, Gordon wants to land on a team that can provide support and understand his needs. So, which NFL team is going to step up?