Browns to release WR Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon's very strange 6 years with the Cleveland Browns have gone up in smoke... the team just decided to release him

Josh Gordon's very strange 6 years with the Cleveland Browns have gone up in smoke... the team just decided to release him

The Browns announced Saturday that they are set to part ways with the talented but troubled receiver after six-plus seasons and will release him Monday.

After a substantial amount of time away from the team during the preseason, Gordon returned in time to play against the Steelers last week, hauling in a touchdown grab in the 21-21 tie.

It's interesting - Gordon missed the start of Browns camp as he continued to receive treatment for issues that kept him out of the National Football League entirely in 2015 and 2016, but he returned before preseason ended and was expected to be one of their top receivers.

The news came several hours after Gordon was listed as out for Sunday's Week 2 game at New Orleans due to a hamstring injury.

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Shortly after the Browns released the statement, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, citing sources, that Cleveland already has received some calls about trading Gordon and they might deal him before Monday. A Browns official told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that the team's decision was inclusive of present and past issues.

A second-round pick of the Browns in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon turned 180 catches into 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns.

However, after that Pro Bowl season, Gordon was suspended for 44 consecutive games dating back to the final week of the 2014 season, which was a team ban for reportedly missing a walk-through prior to a trip to Baltimore to play the Ravens.

Josh Gordon's latest comeback attempt has ended. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning previous year. Additionally, Gordon was on the receiving end of five passes that went for gains of at least 20 yards and converted 12 first downs.

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