Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has filed a grievance over the one-game suspension the Browns handed him in the final week of the season, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The grievance is significant for Gordon because if the suspension is upheld, he won't become a free agent until after the 2017 season, if the Gordon wins the grievance then he becomes a free agent following the 2016 season. The reasoning is that players don't accrue a season toward free agency until they've been on the roster for six games, Gordon was suspended for the first 10 games, so Gordon ended the season with five games played.
In the five games Gordon appeared in 2014, he caught 24 balls for 303 yards and no touchdowns. In 2013 Gordon led the National Football League in receiving yards, he caught 87 balls for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Browns suspended Gordon for missing the Saturday walk-through before the final game of the season. Gordon missed 10 games.
Gordon is suspended for the 2015 season for testing positive for alcohol.