Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has failed yet another offseason drug test and could be suspended for a whole season, again.
It looks like the Cleveland Browns will have to figure out what to do at wide receiver for a second year in a row, as Josh Gordon faces a season long ban for another failed drug test.
Last season Gordon was suspended for the whole season for a failed drug test thanks to marijuana, albeit one that could’ve gone either way and was rather borderline. An agreement between the NFL and NFL Players’ Association changed the drug policy and allowed him to return for the end of the season after missing 10 games.
That likely won’t be the case this time with ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reporting that Gordon has failed yet another drug test and is subject to another season long suspension.
Interestingly enough, there is a report that marijuana wasn’t the substance in question that caused them to fail the test. Pro Football Talk is reporting that the failed drug test is due to alcohol.
If you’re wondering why the NFL is testing Gordon, who has been popped for marijuana on tests before, for alcohol, it is because of his DUI.
Gordon is one of the most talented receivers in the league, and just two seasons ago led the league in receiving yards. With yet another failed drug test on his resume and another chunk of games he’ll miss, it makes you wonder if the Browns have finally reached a breaking point with Gordon and will release him.
He stands to lose a ton of money, not only from the suspension but any future deals if he can get them.
Any team interested in signing Gordon if he were to be released would likely only do so under a very team-friendly deal. There is just too much risk involved to allocate a large sum of funds to someone who might get suspended, and any suspension would be for a substantial amount of time.
One team, even the Browns, could go with the Dez Bryant plan if they could get a team-friendly deal to lower the risk involved. That is a huge investment, but the payoff could be huge, just as it has been for the Dallas Cowboys with Bryant.
Of course the plan didn’t work as well with Pacman Jones for the Cowboys, but he is still playing and contributing in the NFL.
It is sad to think, but it could be the final straw in his NFL career.
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