On the Mark: Should the Browns keep Gordon? ...maybe not - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

On the Mark: Should the Browns keep Gordon? ...maybe not

On the Mark (Source: WOIO) On the Mark (Source: WOIO)

When Josh Gordon was busted last year and missed the season, I was done with him. To be honest, I was done with him before that. Like you, I was long tired of his what seemed to be bi-monthly issues. Driving when he should not have been, something in the car that should not have been there (right, that was his friend’s stash… riiiiiight), or whatever it was. I was sick of it, I wanted him gone. The Browns clearly did not.
They kept him, and have waited out the suspension that cost him the 2015 season. He has applied for reinstatement and I cannot see why he would not be granted it. He did the crime, he served the time, and the Browns will bring him back. Now I hope they try and trade him.
I can hear your cries now, “Schwab, are you nuts? They got through the suspension, now let that patience pay dividends and get that beast back on the field!” Well, there is something to be said for that argument, but you bet your ascot I would move him in a second for a decent offer. It is a gamble, but it is a very simple one. Say you get offered a 3rd round pick. Who will have a longer career? That player? Or Gordon.

I have no doubt that Gordon would have a higher ceiling than any player the Browns could get with that draft pick, and will likely put up monster numbers next year because of his amazing abilities. How long will he do that for? Gordon will be 25 this season. To have an effective career, he’ll have to pass every test from now until he is into his 30’s. Do you feel confident he will? I don’t. Why should I? He has been suspended for 26 of their last 32 games. He has gone a year without an incident and we’re acting like it’s the most amazing thing he’s ever done. Eight more years of this? Sorry, I’m leaning towards a big fat “no way.” I’d love to be wrong, I hope I am, I just don’t think I will be.
If the best offer they get is a low-round draft pick, then no, don’t do it. If it’s a good draft pick? They need to think long and hard about it.

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