The Cleveland Browns may have not yet completed their fire sale, but may officially give up on the 2013 season if they trade their best receiver before the Oct. 29 trade deadline. ESPN’s Adam Schefter revealed Monday that at least three unnamed teams have made trade offers to the Browns for 22-year-old wide receiver Josh Gordon.
Gordon has been one of Cleveland’s best playmakers this year. He is the Brown’s second-leading receiver, behind standout tight end Jordan Cameron, with 27 receptions for 450 yards and two touchdowns; impressive stats considering the fact that he was held out of the first two games of the year due to suspension.
Schefter reports that Cleveland has received two standing offers for Gordon that include a high draft pick and a player. Browns CEO Joe Banner stated earlier this month that they were “not going to shop (Gordon) and have no plan or intention to trade him,” words he may recant if the Browns receive the right offer. The teams rumored to be interested in trading for Gordon told Schefter that Cleveland is asking for more than what has been offered.
NFL general managers understand that Josh Gordon’s true potential is indicative of his play under injured quarterback Brian Hoyer. Brandon Weeden failed to connect with Gordon in three games as many time as Hoyer did in only two games.
If you needed further proof that the Browns have thrown in the towel on this season, head coach Rob Chudzinski has pulled the plug on the Brandon Weeden era and named Jason Campbell the starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs. If Gordon is traded away, the rebuilding process will only be prolonged in Cleveland.
From a fantasy football standpoint, these trade rumors will have Gordon owners ecstatic if an official deal is made. Unless he is traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Gordon’s fantasy stock has nowhere to go but up.