Wide receiver Josh Gordon may have been the Cleveland Browns’ best player last season.
Gordon posted huge numbers and became one of the best receivers in football despite the Browns’ uncertainty at quarterback. They went through several different players and the best of the bunch, Brian Hoyer, tore his ACL. It looked like Gordon was well on his way to a mega contract with the Browns and could be one of the highest paid receivers in the league based on his outstanding season in 2013.
Then, disaster struck for both Gordon and the Browns. He failed a drug test for the second time and is now facing a potential year-long suspension from the NFL. The Browns could try to trade Gordon, but his value is extremely low. In fact, Pat McManamon of ESPN.com isn’t even sure the Browns could get a draft pick for Gordon right now.
The most comparable example I can think of is when Oakland traded Randy Moss to New England in 2007. Moss was coming off one bad season after topping 1,000 yards in seven of his first eight in the league. He was a malcontent with an attitude, but he wasn’t facing a one-year suspension. New England gave up a fourth-round pick for him. Gordon has had one great season, is not a malcontent but does have other issues. I don’t honestly know if the Browns could even get a draft pick for him right now.
Gordon made 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013 after making 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.