Should The Cowboys Trade For Browns Wideout Josh Gordon?

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Any conversation about trading for Josh Gordon must start off-the-field. At Baylor, Gordon tested positive for marijuana three times.  After his final positive test, Baylor coach Art Briles suspended him from the team indefinitely. Gordon tried to sign up for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft, but it was too late. He instead transferred to Utah, where he failed yet another drug test and was forced to sit out the entire year.

Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon (12) against the Detroit Lions during the third quarter at FirstEnergy Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Dallas talked to Coach Briles about Gordon. The Cowboys’ had an “inside source” as Briles’ daughter, Jancy, is the teams’ media relations coordinator. The Cowboys felt comfortable taking Gordon in the draft, but Cleveland beat them to the punch. Here’s what Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told about the Gordon situation:

“He (Briles) talked about Josh a lot and the kind of young man he is and how he’d gone through a couple of things. He vouched for him as a person. Then on film, just an outstanding talent. He’s big. He’s long. He’s fast. He can catch. He’s very natural. It was an interesting thing and I think a lot of people were hearing the same things we heard and he became an intriguing guy. We were well in-tuned with what his situation was leading up to the supplemental draft and Cleveland stepped up and was aggressive in picking him. He’s certainly done a lot of good things for them.”

In the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon was selected by the Cleveland Browns with a second round pick they forfeited in the 2013 NFL Draft. He signed a four year, $5.3 deal with the Browns and had a terrific rookie campaign. In a struggling Cleveland offense, Gordon recorded 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns. The wideout did struggle with inconsistency in his rookie year too as he was targeted 95 times. But he was a raw talent that seemed to improve as the season moved forward.

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  • PC_Rob

    As much as we need a talented, reliable receiver to complement Dez, I don’t think this kid is the guy we want on the team. It seems unlikely that he’ll go a season or two before getting himself in further drug trouble, which immediately takes him away and gives the Cowboys another black eye.

  • MercWithaMouth

    I think you have to give Williams more than 3 games, and I think Harris deserves more consideration also. Williams has improved since game one and I expect him to continue improving, hopefully by the end of the season he will be a reliable WR.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I see there are more yes votes than no votes. I guess most of those who voted are druggies. Also, how many chances has Harris had this year. Not many and I would rather have Harris than a druggie no matter how much talent the druggie has.

  • freespeech

    really ? I think this site should trade mullenax for Broaddus so we can get good insights to the Dallas Cowboys

  • Dylan Wilson

    I think Dallas should seriously consider making a trade for Gordon. His talent far outweighs the risk and due to his recent suspension, his asking price is probably cheaper than it should be. With Miles on his way out, it would be smart to upgrade at that position. I’ve heard reports of Gordon slacking off in practice and I highly doubt you have to worry about that here in Dallas with Dez leading by example on the other side. The Cowboys truly are the perfect team for him, his skillset and his off the field issues. In today’s NFL, most of the top teams have at least two top receivers. It would be hard to find a better receiving tandem than Dez/Gordon, not to mention the entire unite as a whole. You just have to remember that everybody makes mistakes and it will take commitment from both sides to work through them. But if they do make such a trade and it all works out, watch out!