Josh Gordon remains a member of the Cleveland Browns, but that is not expected to be the case by the end of the day. The Browns are widely expected to trade the star wide receiver, who's dealt with several off-the-field issues.
The Browns announced on Saturday that they were parting ways with Gordon. Initially, it was believed that Cleveland would be releasing the star wide receiver, but then reports surfaced of a potential trade.
Multiple NFL teams are reportedly interested in trading for Gordon. The wide receiver cannot control where he is traded to, but reports say that the Cowboys and the 49ers are his two preferred destinations.
ESPN NFL insider Josina Anderson reports that several NFL teams have inquired about a trade for Gordon.
"Anyways, a source just told me at least '8 to 10 teams have called' the Browns inquiring about potentially trading for WR Josh Gordon. Some teams r adamant abt not wanting it known their organization is calling, I'm told. Clear reasons to be tight. I've heard about some though," she reports.
Gordon is a troubled player, but his talent is undeniable. Teams are clearly looking into the possibility of making a move for him.
"We will look at any situation to improve team..Lots of things to research on this player," an NFL team told Anderson.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport had an update on a possible Gordon trade, too. The Browns are expected to trade the wide receiver before 4 p.m. E.T.
Rapoport suggested that given Gordon's talent and extremely low contract -- making just $790,000 this year and would be a restricted free agent next year -- could give up a conditional mid-round pick to secure the receiver's rights for the next two years. Given his contract, it could end up cheaper to trade for the player than get in a bidding war if he's cut.
In this speculative scenario, a conditional trade could involve playing time. For instance, if Gordon were to play the final 10 games this season, a potential draft pick could move to a fourth or fifth-rounder.
Gordon has one catch for 17 yards and one touchdown this season. Stay tuned.