Just as Cleveland started to feel some hope after drafting none other than Johnny Manziel, it looks like their next season might be doomed anyway. The timing couldn't have been worse. In the days following the 2014 NFL draft, one of the teams looking to come up in a major way takes a huge hit instead. According to a Friday report by ESPN, the Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a year-long suspension that will knock the team right back down again.
Josh Gordon was the leading wide receiver in the NFL last season. It was looking really good this season too because of the acquisition of Johnny Manziel. It looked like Cleveland could finally get behind a winning team as they finally started to obtain great pieces. It isn't looking that way anymore though because Gordon failed his second drug test.
Gordon has been plagued by failed drug tests, both at the NFL level and in college. Gordon isn't even offending with performance enhancing drugs. This second failed drug test was due to marijuana.
The timing of the looming suspension is horrible. If the Cleveland Browns had known just days prior that Gordon may be sitting out, they could have adjusted their draft plan to work around this. Josh Gordon was projected to be the prime target for current quarterback Brian Hoyer or for newly drafted quarterback, Johnny Football.
The city of Cleveland turned into an instant party when it was announced that Manziel would be joining the team. Even though he was drafted much farther into the draft than anticipated, his impact to the Browns is going to be huge. Now with his number one target out for the whole season, the future of the Cleveland Browns looks just as dismal as their last season.
Josh Gordon is hoping to get his suspension reduced. If he could sit out just four to six games rather than the whole season it would make a huge difference in the comeback of the Cleveland Browns. This is his second failed drug test in the NFL though with several failed tests at the college level too. Do you think Gordon will be successful in reducing his suspension? Should the NFL require him to undergo a drug treatment program? Or should the NFL test for marijuana at all given that it is not performance enhancing? Let us know what you think in the comments below.