Posted September 16, 2018 at 09:52 AM | Updated September 16, 2018 at 10:43 AM
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By Mike Kaye | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
The Cleveland Browns released a statement on Saturday to announce the team would be moving on from All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon. After six years of high highs and low lows, Cleveland finally decided it would be better off without Gordon, who has played just 11 games over the last five seasons.
Browns general manager John Dorsey said in the statement that Gordon will be released on Monday but multiple reports have alluded to a potential trade involving the former supplemental draft pick.
While the Eagles have recently struggled at the wide receiver position due to injuries to Alshon Jeffery and Mack Hollins, Philadelphia feels like a very poor fit for the one-time Pro Bowl playmaker entering the team’s Week 2 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Here are seven reasons why Gordon makes little sense for the Eagles, despite their current issues at the spot:
The Browns’ statement seems like an admission of failure for both parties
The Browns have been through plenty of front office and coaching changes over the last six years but Gordon has remained. It didn’t take long for Dorsey to pull the plug. The decision to move on comes after Gordon missed the majority of training camp as he worked on his substance abuse issues.
Gordon showed up late to the Browns facility on Saturday and was acting unusual, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. That was apparently the last straw for the Browns. Despite his talent, it should be his last chance for several other teams as well.
The Eagles have shown a lack of patience with off-the-field issues this year. The team released cornerback Daryl Worley in April following an early morning arrest near the NovaCare Complex. Worley was found passed out inside of a vehicle blocking traffic.
While Gordon is obviously on a different level in talent than Worley, it’s hard to imagine the team taking a risk for a player with a history of issues.
It’s been a ‘hell of a journey’
To say Gordon has had some off-the-field issues would be putting it lightly.
Gordon was kicked off the Baylor football team for violating team rules and failing a drug test. Once he made it to the league, he was suspended multiple times for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
He eventually missed the entirety of the 2014 and 2015 seasons due to multiple failed drug tests. Those prolonged absences followed a 2013 season that featured Gordon’s only All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections. During that season, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Gordon was reinstated by the league last season. He appeared in just five games during the Browns’ 0-16 campaign. This offseason, Gordon left the squad during training camp to work on his personal issues.
While Gordon is a talented player, that’s a lot of red flags for an Eagles team looking to add a second consecutive Super Bowl ring to its collection.
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Alshon Jeffery will eventually return
While Gordon could serve as an immediate upgrade over the Eagles’ current talent at wide receiver, the team is already paying Jeffery as a number one option. The Eagles’ incumbent top receiver is currently sidelined as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.
The Eagles gave Jeffery a four-year, $52 million contract last December to be the team’s alpha receiver. While his rehab schedule has hindered the receiving group’s production, he is seemingly on the mend. He told reporters earlier this week that he is taking his recovery “day to day.”
Gordon may have made sense as a replacement if Jeffery were placed on the physically unable to perform list or injured reserve. However, the Eagles clearly feel comfortable with Jeffery’s situation resolving itself sooner rather than later.
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