The Josh Gordon saga seems like it will go on for days. We will have a personal response to Gordon, the league and the Browns later today. Yet as we prepared those statements this tweet came across Twitter:
Per @mortreport Josh Gordon will consider playing in the Canadian Football League this season.
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 28, 2014
An interesting thought. If Gordon wants to stay in football shape, and truly loves the game, playing in the CFL is a way to do it. While the level of competition in the CFL is far lower then in the NFL, it is still football. Browns fans could keep track of how he is doing. He would also be surrounded by a support system of his teammates, coaches and the rest of the organization. Yet there is one hang up in this plan:
Texting with a CFL GM who tells me if Josh Gordon is under contract & suspended, rules don’t allow him to play in CFL. Only if he’s cut. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2014
Browns official to @PatMcManamon on Josh Gordon to CFL: “He can’t per his nfl contract…and you can say a source says he can’t…”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2014
Browns would not let Josh play in Canada. He is under contract. — john telich (@JohnTelich8) August 28, 2014
Why is LaVon Brazill allowed to play in the CFL while suspended? Because he was cut by the Colts. Gordon still under contract
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 28, 2014
So a pretty clear cut answer for Gordon: No CFL for you.
Obviously there are a ton of reasons for this including risk of injury, control over a player under contract and an inflexible league. Yet could this be a part of Gordon’s legal team’s plan. Not only is the NFL suspending him for a year, meaning he doesn’t get paid, but it is also forbidding him from making a living elsewhere.
Needless to say we expect legal action and a very interesting process. So far that is all we have seen so we don’t expect this to just go away because the NFL says Gordon has to.
What do you think of Gordon in the CFL? What about his NFL contract keeping him from playing there?