It’s no secret there is some type of punishment awaiting wide receiver Josh Gordon in the coming weeks when the NFL weighs in on the apparent drug test he failed.
The only question it seems is not if he will be punished, but how long the punishment will last. News broke yesterday in NFL
circles, that the NFL is looking to revamp its drug policy, as it pertains to illegal substances such as marijuana, which is rumored to be the substance found in Gordon’s failed drug test.
Obviously, even with a rules change, there is no helping Gordon if he indeed failed the test and the reports are all true.
So as it stands, under the NFL drug policy, if in fact Gordon tested positive for marijuana, he will be suspended for the entire 2014 season, barring an appeal in which he either wins and gets the sentence reduced completely, or has it lessened.
In the meantime, what do the Browns do at the number one receiver spot if Gordon is indeed banned from playing the entire 2014 season?
Yesterday, a report out of Houston had 11-year veteran Andre Johnson, who has been to the playoffs just twice in his Texans career hinted on Tuesday that he doesn’t want to spend the last years of his playing career for a team in rebuilding mode. Johnson doesn’t think Houston is building a contender, either, saying that the team’s offseason moves have been “very frustrating.”
“I just look at my career … I’ve only been to the playoffs twice. I think we’ve only had three winning seasons,” Johnson said. “I don’t think any player wants to experience that. I think over time it can become very frustrating. And this offseason has been very frustrating for me; beginning of the offseason, I should say. That’s just kind of where I’m at right now.”
With that being said, is it preposterous to believe maybe, just maybe, Johnson would consider a deal that would send him to Cleveland?
It’s no secret Johnson thinks very highly of newly drafted Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel. It was back in February when asked about the Texans own draft plans, he had nothing but praise for “Johnny Football.”
“[Manziel] seems like a good kid. Very into football,” Johnson said. “He’s exciting. He’s an exciting player to watch. I enjoyed watching him in college. He doesn’t have the name Johnny Football for nothing. I think he’s a great player.”
Obviously the Browns are in a rebuilding mode, but is it far-fetched to believe they aren’t far off from challenging for the division and securing a playoff spot, either by winning the division outright, or landing one of the wild card spots. Of course that thought is more feasible with Josh Gordon in the lineup, as opposed to out of it.
However, could these expectations be realized with a dominating veteran receiver such as Andre Johnson coming in to take the place of Gordon?
Let’s say Johnson would be on board with a trade that would send him to Cleveland.
How much would the Browns be willing to give up for a player of Johnson’s caliber?
As great as that scenario would be for the Browns, the question is how much would the Texans’ want back in return for the aging 11- year veteran?
Would they want one of next years first round picks? A second rounder?
Obviously, this is all just speculation at this point, but if the Browns were faced with this scenario in their laps would they pull the trigger on a deal if the price was right?
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