Depending on how you feel about Josh Gordon, we have good news or bad news. Josh Gordon has been given chance after chance by the organization and when you're only winning one or zero games a year, his behavior could be tolerated because of the huge talent.
After the game, several Browns players including quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Jarvis Landry said they did not think the unexpected move had an impact on how things played out against the Saints.
A Pro Bowl caliber wide receiver when he's on the field, the Browns are parting ways with Gordon after six roller coaster seasons that saw him get suspended multiple times due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.
It's a bit puzzling that the Browns wouldn't consider a deal with an AFC team; they're not exactly expected to be a playoff contender this season, so the chances of Gordon burning them in a high-leverage game down the road seem pretty slim. Gordon would be an instant upgrade for either team as long as he stays clean and healthy.
However, hours later general manager John Dorsey announced the termination of his contract in a statement: "This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday". "This place will always feel like home to me". I'm extremely honored and blessed to have been able to grow up and start a life amongst such a passionate and motivated group of individuals ...
"I wish all of you nothing but the best ..."
"'Same book, next chapter...'" he added. "P.S".
The Browns' star wide receiver could be released, but there is reportedly significant interest in him on the trading market.
49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan should be well-acquainted with Gordon. So, a trade - and not a releasing - is probably the most-likely scenario.