Josh Gordon isn’t going anywhere. At least for now assuming he continues to play by the rules.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday morning that multiple teams have contacted the Browns about Gordon’s availability but the team isn’t interested in dealing the oft-suspended receiver who is trying to make a comeback after sitting out the entire 2015 season.
Following Tuesday morning’s joint practice with the Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida, Gordon was asked to address the interest in him from around the league.
“Cleveland is my team, that’s where I want to be,” Gordon told reporters. “That’s not even in the ballpark for me.”
First-year head coach Hue Jackson has given everyone a clean slate – including Gordon – and forgiven past transgressions even with the 2013 Pro Bowler set to serve another 4-game suspension that was handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as part of Gordon’s conditional reinstatement.
Jackson admits that he is still getting to know Gordon – on and off the field – and the practices this week with the Buccaneers coupled with Friday night’s game will go a long way to giving him an idea of what he could have at his disposal come week 5.
“He’s a talented player as we all know but he’s just gotta keep taking the next step,” Jackson said following Tuesday’s practice. “Obviously he’s a ways away from getting an opportunity to truly play in a game but again it was good for him to get out here.’
The Browns have had every reason to cut their losses with Gordon but the potential he brings is worth the risk, and already in practice he’s showing that he might be worth it.
Gordon, who will have been suspended in each of the last 4 seasons for 33 games combined from 2013-2016, is appreciative of the organization for standing by him.
“It works out perfectly for me,” Gordon said. “Mr. Haslam and the organization, coach Jackson, I think the world of those guys and the city and this organization apparently they’re showing love and respect back to me, honor me to stay here up to this point and expect to move forward with that and I’m excited about it. This is where I want to be and I’m happy to be with Cleveland.”
In 35 games played Gordon has registered 9 100-yard games and totaled 2,754 yards with 14 touchdowns.
Freelancer Tom Akins contributed to this report from Tampa, Florida.