3 Overlooked free agents the Cleveland Browns can still add
By Randy Gurzi
1. Josh Gordon, Wide Receiver
Lost in all the noise of free agency is the CBA which was agreed upon just before the new year. In this new agreement, the league softened its stance on marijuana, which is good for players who were constantly in trouble for failing tests. Two names mentioned in this are Randy Gregory of the Dallas Cowboys and Josh Gordon, who is a free agent.
Browns fans know this name well as Gordon was originally a star for them and even led the NFL in receiving yards in the 2013 season. That year, Gordon had 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns on 87 receptions. More impressively, he did this without a star quarterback as Brandon Weeden was throwing him the ball. And he missed two games that year.
Of course, all fans know what happened next. Gordon started to struggle with the substance abuse policy and was suspended all of 2015 and 2016, as well as 11 games in 2017. When he returned in 2018, hopes were high for him but after irritating John Dorsey, he was traded to the New England Patriots for a ham sandwich.
New England got 720 yards and three touchdowns out of him that season but released him in 2019. He finished the year with Seattle but is once again free to sign wherever.
Considering how patient the Browns were with Gordon, it would seem as though he should be willing to come back now that the league isn’t going to be so quick to punish him. Not only that, but with Dorsey now gone, it seems as though it would be a good time for Gordon to get the last laugh in that dispute.
He wouldn’t be the No. 1 wide receiver but it’s hard to picture a more deadly group of pass-catchers than one with Gordon, OBJ, Jarvis Landry, and Austin Hooper.