Trading Josh Gordon would spell disaster for the Cleveland Browns
If implemented, it would trash the 2013 season for them. Gordon alone can be attributed to the unprecedented three game winning streak the Browns are enjoying. He has solved an old wide receiver problem for them and trading him for anything now would be completely irrational.
The Browns are 3-0 and the Richardson trade is showing to be a good decision. This has boosted the confidence of the general manager Mike Lombardi and the franchise CEO Joe Banner. But by going into another trade with a player who is showing promise would ruin all they did.
Gordon has shown a lot of promise since coming to the Browns. He has proven himself to be an excellent wide receiver and his talents haven’t been tested to the fullest yet. He has shown to have excellent team coordination and is even getting ever better with time passing by. All this makes him an excellent choice for a wide receiver. Trading a player who can contribute so much to the future of the franchise is a decision any CEO would later regret.
But Gordon does come with his share of baggage. He doesn’t have a very good track record when it comes to substance abuse and has been suspended in college for marijuana issues. He was suspended by NFL for first two games of 2013 season for violating substance abuse policy.
Even though quarterback Brian Hoyer is doing a great job by getting rid of the ball faster and with more accuracy, it is actually Gordon who has added a new dimension to the Browns offense and is carrying it. And with Hoyer missing the entire 2013 season due to torn ACL, Gordon has become ever important. If the team wants to keep scoring and have a player who can carry the offense, it is Gordon. Only then can they say with surety they can make it to the playoffs.
Just when the team has seized so much momentum, there is a threat that it could all be deflated by Gordon's prospective departure.
Gordon is fast on his legs which allows other wide receiver Davone Bess and tight end Jordan Cameron flexibility. At 225 pounds and 6'3, Gordon is very athletic. Simply trading him off would not only ruin the current season but would also be a great loss to a future prospect.