After starting season 0-2, the Cleveland Browns looked headed for another dismal season. They had an injured starting quarterback and had traded away their top running back. The Browns also appeared as if they were looking ahead to 2014 as its third string quarterback Brian Hoyer took over in Week 3 and trade talks began for wide receiver Josh Gordon.
ESPN initially reported the Gordon talks with Adam Schefter implying numerous teams had approached the Browns for the wide receiver with one making a “quality offer” for him. Lucky for the player, he’s performed well under Hoyer as he had 146 receiving yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings and in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals, he fell off a bit with four catches for 71 yards.
According to FOX Sports, Gordon “hinted” after the Vikings game that he’d like to remain with the Browns. He just joined them last season in the supplemental draft and will come with an expensive trade price tag even with his baggage of missing the the first two 2013 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy (possibly for marijuana).
Should he get in trouble again, Gordon could see a suspension for the season.
Rumors have recently died down for trade talks as the Browns’ wins have been dominating headlines but it doesn’t mean they won’t heat up again as the October 29 trade deadline isn’t that far away. Will Gordon see himself wearing a different NFL jersey later this season?
Here’s a few potential contenders for Gordon.
Detroit Lions – With wide receiver Nate Burleson out with a broken arm, the Lions are down a wide receiver. Calvin Johnson sits at the top of the pecking order with fellow receiver Kris Durham (3 for 58 yards) and tight end Brandon Pettigrew (7 for 54 yards) playing well against the Chicago Bears last week.
Adding Gordon to this team would keep defenses busy pairing him with Johnson while helping the Lions contend for the NFC North title.
New England Patriots – The Patriots seem to be doing o.k. (well, 4-0) without their usual weapons but quarterback Tom Brady has been openly frustrated with his green offensive talent. Tight end Rob Gronkowski is on the mend but there’s no definitive return date (maybe Week 6) while wide receiver Danny Amendola, who has missed three games, could be back this week. However, the Patriots need some depth and a target for the long ball. Gordon could fit this bill.
San Diego Chargers – After a disappointing last few years, the 2-2 Chargers are slowly improving under new coach Mike McCoy. They very much want to compete against division rivals, the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. Quarterback Philip Rivers has slowly been on the rise and could do even more with another wide receiver.
For now, he has Eddie Royal who’s been a nice surprise (190 yards with 90 against the Philadelphia Eagles and five touchdowns to-date) and tight end Antonio Gates (364 yards and two touchdowns). What about Gordon?
San Francisco 49ers – The 49ers started the season without wide receiver Michael Crabtree. They tried somewhat to replace him with Anquan Boldin but there’s still a lack of depth at this position; not helping matters is the team is not meeting the expectations set out for them at the season’s start.
Injured wide receiver Mario Manningham could be back after Week Six but now rookie receiver Quinton Patton is out with a broken foot. The time may be now for the 49ers to make a receiver addition.