As news of Johnny Manziel's pending release by the Cleveland Browns spreads, the team's recently exiled wide receiver, Josh Gordon, took to twitter to share his priorities in hopes to regain the trust of the NFL, the Browns and Browns fans.
"Priority #1 Get back in..Priority #2 Stay in.. If you're not contributing to that, I gotta disassociate I'm sorry," he wrote before deleting the message.
At one point, in 2014, Browns fans thought they had found the next quarterback, wide receiver combination.
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Quarterback, Johnny Manziel was drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Wide receiver, Josh Gordon, was coming off a Pro Bowl year where he led the league in receiving yards with 1,646 in just 14 games.
He averaged 18.9 yards per catch, 117.6 yards per game and scored 9 touchdowns.
The hype and hope was short lived. Minutes after Manziel was drafted, news came that Josh Gordon had violated the NFL Substance Abuse policy and faced suspension.
He would only play in five games in 2014. In reality, the only Manziel/Gordon combination was a party just two nights before the Browns' final game of 2015.
The Browns reported having staff retrieve the two at Manziel's apartment after being late for a team meeting. Shortly after the incident, Gordon reportedly failed a required NFL drug test and was suspended for the entire 2015 season.
2015 was a night and day difference for Gordon. In comparison to Manziel, as well as Gordon's 2014 season. Gordon remained quiet as he sat out. He didn't make promises to turn things around. He didn't appear in clubs or social media acting inappropriately.
For Josh Gordon, the year in suspension provided an opportunity to prioritize and to remove himself from circles that encouraged his poor choices in the past. He also watched Manziel's career and life completely unravel.
Gordon's suspension is over. He has asked for reinstatement by the NFL. He will submit testing and other evidence of good behavior to the NFL in hopes to return to the Browns.
Anyone can send out a tweet saying the right things. The quiet year of Josh Gordon learning from his mistakes and watching Johnny Manziel fall apart could add the substance needed to regain the trust he has given away.
For the Browns, Gordon's reinstatement and further good behavior could add much needed strength to the Browns offense. More importantly Gordon's reinstatement could heal the wounds of Browns fans still sore from Johnny Manziel.
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