Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Cleveland Browns to release Josh Gordon Monday

Cleveland Browns to release Josh Gordon Monday

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.

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.

The Cleveland Browns on Saturday announced they plan to release the troubled wide receiver, with General Manager John Dorsey saying in a statement, "unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

Details are slowly starting to emerge surrounding the Cleveland Browns' shocking decision to move on from Josh Gordon. Gordon stepped away from the team this preseason to undergo counseling and treatment as part of his recovery. In 2014, Gordon was suspended for the whole year, but it was later reduced to 10 games. A Pro Bowl player in 2013, Gordon set a franchise record with an NFL-best 1,646 yards on 87 receptions with nine of those catches going for touchdowns after missing the first two games of the season because of a suspension.

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Despite his past issues, Gordon was welcomed back by the Browns late last season. Additionally, thanks to some interesting service time rules, Gordon would immediately hit free agency rather than go through waivers if the Browns cut him loose. He went on to play five games that season, recording 18 catches for 335 yards.

He wasn't wrong as soon after Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Gordon was being released by the Browns.

Many are wondering where Gordon will end up.

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