6. Sticking with Josh Gordon
Patience isn’t a strong enough word for what the Browns showed when dealing with wide receiver Josh Gordon. A former star at Baylor, Gordon was suspended indefinitely by the program and then transferred to Utah. He never played for them as NCAA rules kept him inactive for 2011 and then he ended up going to the NFL via the supplemental draft.
Cleveland used a second-round pick on him and they knew it was a gamble considering how his collegiate career unfolded. At first though, it looked to be paying off. Gordon was good as a rookie but by year two he was unstoppable.
The explosive wide out led the NFL in receiving with 1,646 yards and added nine touchdowns. Then the trouble started. Gordon was suspended in 2014 for the entire season, but then the league lowered it to 10 games. Another chance was blown by Gordon as he then found himself suspended for all of 2015 and all of 2016. It wasn’t until late in the 2017 season that the wide out was reinstated and now he’s ready to make an impact.
For the Browns, it was smart to just see it all play out. Had they released Gordon he likely could have had a career resurgence for another franchise and they would have gotten nothing in return for all the time they waited. Now after a quiet offseason, Gordon is ready to repay them for that patience.