According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Browns got “several good offers for receiver Josh Gordon before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trading deadline. None of the deals were sweet enough for the Browns to pull the trigger and they ultimately decided to keep Josh Gordon.
That certainly makes Josh Gordon happy, he stated all along that he wanted to remain with the Cleveland Browns.
“I do want to stay in Cleveland,” said Gordon, via the Akron Beacon-Journal. “Cleveland is my first home, the team I got drafted to. It’s a great place to be. I love the fans in Cleveland and everything about it, but business is business.”
“When [the trade deadline is] over, it’s over,” Gordon said. “However it goes, it’s beyond me, it’s above me. I will be excited either way. Hopefully [I’ll] get some new questions.”
Gordon’s on-field performance certainly commands a high pick, even a first-round pick. Gordon comes with a risk though, and that is most likely why the Browns didn’t get what they wanted. Gordon missed the first two games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Another infraction could result in a season-long suspension.
“Gordon knows that the rope that’s left isn’t long,” Browns CEO Joe Banner said in June.
“I feel like it’s a last chance opportunity for the league,” Gordon said. “Nobody just wants a problematic type of person in their program or their organization because of how they’re perceived to be. So I definitely want to stay away from controversy as long as I can, forever. That’s definitely my No. 1 priority.”
Now that he has gotten his wish to stay in Cleveland, hopefully he can follow through on that commitment for the Browns.