Cleveland Browns to release Josh Gordon Monday

Rex Christensen
September 16, 2018

The Browns have informed wide receiver Josh Gordon they will release him Monday. A Browns official told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the team's decision was inclusive of present and past issues.

Josh Gordon is out of a job with the Cleveland Browns.

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Gordon played 78 percent of the team's offensive snaps in the opening-week tie against the Steelers, even drawing an unexpected start that coach Hue Jackson called a "mistake" due to miscommunication with his offensive coordinator. The timing of the announcement was curious; Gordon had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report, and then seemingly out of nowhere, he was announced as out with a hamstring injury.

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Gordon missed most of training camp on a leave of absence to focus on his ongoing recovery with addiction.

It is unclear specifically why the Browns chose to cut ties with Gordon, but his release will bring to an end a saga of off-the-field problems related to Gordon's substance abuse suspensions and addiction. Through six seasons, Gordon appeared in 41 games, hauling in 130 catches for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Gordon has been suspended several times during his career for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season. Now it seems the Browns might get a tasty enough trade offer to bite for Gordon's services. Additionally, Gordon was on the receiving end of five passes that went for gains of at least 20 yards and converted 12 first downs.

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