The sometimes promising, often problematic pairing of wide receiver Josh Gordon and the Cleveland Browns seems done.
On Saturday, the Browns announced plans to release Gordon on Monday and work out a trade for him in the meantime. The move is just another game in Gordon's recent bid to return to the Browns and re-establish himself as an outstanding NFL player after a series of bans on the league's drug abuse policy.
"This afternoon, we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we will release him on Monday," said Brown's general manager John Dorsey in a statement. "For the past six years, the Browns have given Josh full personal and professional support and investment, and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we have reached a point where we best part ways and get ahead." We wish Josh all the best. "
Gordon had a close touchdown in Cleveland last Sunday when the Browns opened the season by tying the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-21. This 17 meter reception was his only catch of the game.
The Browns play Sunday in New Orleans. Earlier on Saturday, Cleveland Gordon had been eliminated from the game due to an Achilles tendon injury.
"I feel very honored and blessed that I was able to grow up and start living under such a passionate and motivated group of individuals," says Gordon wrote on Instagram on Saturday, Adding: "P.S. someone needs a deep threat WR ??
According to several reports, Gordon was late in setting up the Browns on Saturday, and team officials felt he had exhausted his chances in the organization. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the team has potential contenders. If that does not happen, Gordon, 27, will be free to sign with another NFL team if one decides to give him a chance.
Gordon established himself as one of the League's most promising young players when he had 87 games for 1646 yards and nine touchdowns in 14 games as a two-year professional in 2013. But off-field problems and suspensions led to his career. Gordon has since played only 11 regular NFL games.
Gordon joined the Browns on 18 August after leaving the team since the start of the training camp. He reportedly sought additional counseling on anxiety and mental health issues.
"As I humbly become a member of this team again, with the opportunity to play this game I love, I realize that my main focus must be on my sobriety and mental well-being so that I can reach my full potential." Gordon wrote on social media as he joined the team.
In this statement, Gordon thanked the Browns, the League, the NFL Players Association, and others, and wrote, "This was definitely not an easy path, and I am very grateful that you are all in my life."
This story has been updated.
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