Could the Cleveland Browns use wide receiver Josh Gordon’s talents again?
After another horrible season, welcoming the formerly glorious wideout back into the fold would be like making a trade for a star without giving back anything in return.
Gordon, who was suspended for the 2015 season — and denied re-entry in 2016 after another failed drug test — is set to apply for reinstatement to the NFL on Wednesday. This, according to his business manager, Michael Johnson, who relayed the information to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Browns WR Josh Gordon, who has not played since 2014, is applying today for reinstatement, per his business manager Michael Johnson.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2017
Gordon last played in 2014, and rolled up just 303 yards on 24 catches. He broke out in a big way in 2013 (his second season in the league), snaring 87 throws for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
His business manager believes that Gordon is on the right path, saying to Schefter, “Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL. He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him. He’s also in the best shape of his life and feels even better than he did when he had his breakout year in 2013. This will be a special year for Josh and we are all very proud of the way he has taken the necessary steps to turn his life around.”
Gordon, 25, appeared to be on track to return this past season after being reinstated in July 2016, with the stipulation he would sit out the first four games with a suspension. However, Gordon said in late September that he would delay his return to the Brown and enter a rehabilitation facility.