Josh Gordon and the Cleveland Browns are parting ways. Saturday night, we would know that much. And that’s all we’d know until Sunday morning. But NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that Gordon’s departure is not due to another substance abuse violation.
“Notes on Josh Gordon’s impeding departure from the Browns: His release was not a result of a substance abuse violation or failing a test. He did injure his hamstring at a photo shoot.”
That’s great news for Gordon, of course. All offseason long, he’s been trying to get his mind right for the 2019 NFL season. And the Browns stuck by him through it all — until they apparently no longer could. We don’t know what’s next for the former All-Pro wideout, but at least it looks like he’ll get to play football somewhere else. And soon.
In the meantime, Gordon leaves the Browns with 180 receptions, 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns. We’ll always remember his 2013 All-Pro season, which saw him rack up a league-leading 1,646 yards across 14 games. Being 27 years old, there’s still time on his side. We don’t know what his immediate future holds, but if Gordon is clean then he can still contribute.
And if he needs a little bit more time, that’s fine too.