The Cleveland Browns may be without their best receiver from last year when the 2014 NFL season begins but the owner has today ruled out the team trading Josh Gordon away amidst his suspension.
Owner, Jimmy Haslam responded to suggestions that the Browns would attempt to shop Gordon, who could be in line for the second suspension of his short NFL career.
“He’s learning how to work hard. He’s learning how to be a professional. Josh is a smart young man. All of us have made mistakes when we were that age. We’re counting on Josh being a good football player for the Browns for a long time to come." Haslam told the Cleveland Plain Dealer yesterday.
The Browns had been rumored to want to trade Gordon away last season under old general manager Michael Lombardi.
However, Lombardi was fired this offseason along with head coach Rob Chudzinski. Ray Farmer and Mike Pettine have come in to serve as GM and head coach respectively.
Cleveland were reportedly aware of Josh Gordon's suspension before the first day of the NFL draft took place last thursday night. However, they did not select a wide receiver with any of their selections.
They did however, select quarterback Johnny Manziel who will now have one less target to aim for when he sets about learning the Browns offense this summer.
The Browns may yet bring in a replacement for Gordon, but problems still persist around the Cleveland offense.