Cleveland Browns announce plans to release WR Josh Gordon on Monday

Josh Gordon

When the Cleveland Browns shockingly announced they'd be releasing Josh Gordon on Monday, fans everywhere had the same question on their minds: why?

"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday", Browns general manager John Dorsey said. "Unfortunately, we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

Schefter says teams are already showing interest in acquiring Gordon via a trade. As many as five teams are researching possibly trading for him, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed. Even though Gordon had a hamstring injury in the preseason, the injury news seemed odd because the receiver had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report.

Earlier in the day Gordon had been ruled out suddenly from Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints with a hamstring that had previously not been reported. Gordon caught just one pass on three targets, but it was a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game with less than two minutes left in regulation.

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A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon, 27, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games with the Browns.

Cleveland announced via a Saturday evening press release that the team is set to release the talented but troubled wideout.

Gordon has been suspended several times during his career for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

The Browns got a glimpse of what a healthy and focused Gordon could do over the last five games of the 2017 season after his return from his latest NFL-mandated suspension, which lasted almost three full seasons.

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