Major NFL news hit on Saturday night when the Cleveland Browns announced they would be parting ways with Josh Gordon on Monday. The star wide receiver could be released, but the team would prefer to trade him.
As of last night, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that potentially five teams were interested in trading for Gordon. Even with his baggage, the talent is still there.
Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter also said that Gordon himself is interested in the Cowboys and the 49ers.
Cleveland prefers to trade WR Josh Gordon out of the AFC, and to an NFC team, and that's the Browns' current intent, per sources.
Gordon knows he has no say in where he is traded, but the two places he's hoping to land are with the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 16, 2018
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 16, 2018
This morning, Browns general manager John Dorsey told FOX’s Jay Glazer that he is negotiating with three teams about a potential Gordon trade.
Two of those teams are reportedly in the NFC (Cowboys and 49ers?) and one is in the AFC.
#Browns GM John Dorsey told @JayGlazer this morning he is in talks with 3 teams for Josh Gordon – 2 from NFC, 1 from AFC but Dorsey will wait until tomorrow to pull the trigger on a trade to maximize value.
— Daryl Ruiter (@RuiterWrongFAN) September 16, 2018
The Browns reportedly would prefer trading Gordon out of the conference, which means an NFC team might be the most likely destination.
The Cowboys badly need a playmaker on the perimeter, and have no problems taking on players with issues in their past. The 49ers, meanwhile, could also use additional receiver help, especially with Marquise Goodwin a little banged up.
In his one game with the Browns this season, Gordon saw three targets, making one reception for 17 yards.