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5 Reasons The Browns Should Not Trade Josh Gordon

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Adam Schefter today reported that many teams around the league have expresses interest in acquiring wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns.  Of course interest in Gordon should be high right now.  Most teams think they can get the former All-Pro receiver for a bargain, considering he is coming off yet another suspension.

Today, we are going to explore 5 reasons the Cleveland Browns should not trade Josh Gordon, and 3 reasons why they should.

Why the Browns Should Not Trade Josh Gordon:

  1.  As of right now, Josh Gordon is the team’s biggest threat at the wide receiver position.  Even though he will miss the first four games of the season, it would make little to no sense to trade away one of your few offensive weapons before the season ever starts.
  2.   Gordon’s upside, which has been seen in Cleveland, is amazing.  If focused, he could make a return to the Pro-Bowl and put up amazing stats for the Browns.
  3.   Robert Griffin III needs weapons.  Gary Barnidge is a big target at tight end, and rookie Corey Coleman has the ability to make big plays.  But, both Coleman and newly transitioned wide receiver, Terrelle Pryor, have yet to show that they are able to make big plays on a consistent basis in the NFL. The departure of Travis Benjamin in the off-season left a void in the wide receiver room that Gordon would definitely be able to fill with his skill set.
  4.   At least for now, he wants to be a Cleveland Brown.  Following the team’s joint practice Tuesday with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Gordon addressed the rumblings to reporters, stating, “Cleveland is my team, that’s where I want to be.  That’s not even in the ballpark for me.” That is something not many players say.  Why in the world would you trade away someone that wants to be a part of something you are doing, especially in Cleveland?
  5.   Cleveland fans deserve him.  They deserve to see him produce.  They have been patient through his suspensions, and, at least true members of the Dawg Pound, have not given up or abandoned him.  He is one of us, and deserves a chance to prove our faith in him was warranted.

Why the Browns Should Trade Josh Gordon:

  1.  2016 is that last year on his contract.  While at the end of the season, Gordon will technically be a restricted free agent, if the team thought they may not be able to hold onto him at the end of the year, a trade right now would ensure the Browns received at least something in compensation for his departure.
  2. A case could be made that his suspension issues could not only be a distraction to the team, but, also create a rift in the locker room between teammates that support him, and others that think he has hurt the team.
  3. Gordon spent quite a bit of time in the off season hanging out with former teammate Johnny Manziel.  Many took that as a sign that he may not be willing to give up the lifestyle choices that landed him in his situation and may not be taking his return seriously.

    For now, it would appear that Josh Gordon won’t be dealt any time soon.  Which, for Browns fans who have prayed for a winner for so long they can’t remember what success feels like, means hope for a future of 60 plus yard RGIII to Josh Gordon touchdown receptions.