The Cleveland Browns are going through yet another offseason of transition as they get ready for the 2016 NFL season.
With Hue Jackson moving from offensive coordinator at the Cincinnati Bengals to becoming the Browns new head coach, and Robert Griffin III looking likely to be Jackson's first starting quarterback in Cleveland, the Browns are going to look very different when they next take to the turf.
With so much turnover, the Browns will need to be at their best to compete in one of the hardest divisions in the NFL, as the Bengals, Ravens and Steelers all look to make a serious playoff bid. That includes getting Josh Gordon back.
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The talented wide receiver has had his fair share of troubles - and suspensions - in recent years. However, RG3 is in town now and wants his former college teammate playing alongside him in Cleveland.
Griffin said on Thursday that he has been in contact with the wideout, whose petition for reinstatement was denied after reportedly failing another NFL-administered drug test in March.
Gordon missed the entire 2015 season due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy and it's unknown if he will receive another suspension. RG3 still believes in him, though.
"Josh is family, so I've had contact with Josh since the announcement and he knows, I'm sure he'll see this or watch this, he knows I'm always there for him no matter what happens, but I'm rooting for him,'' Griffin said, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.
"I hope he understands the situation that he's in and what's at stake and I think he does, but it's up to him ultimately to make that decision. You can not tell a grown man what to do.''
The quarterback said he'd do his best to get his friend back on the right track.
"All you can do is be there for him and try to help guide him, so I've been there for him, will continue to be there for him, and I hope he makes the right decisions so he can get back in the league and show everybody what he's really made of,'' Griffin said.
If the Cleveland Browns can get Josh Gordon and Robert Griffin clicking then their offense could be dangerous in 2016. If Gordon doesn't get reinstated, it could be yet another struggle for the Factory of Sadness.
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