With the NFL trade deadline just hours away, there is little to no trade news coming out Valley Ranch. But one name that has been making national news for the past couple month has been Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. The former Baylor Bear is an undeniable talent who comes with a ton of negative baggage. And it is that baggage that allegedly has the Browns front office offering his services in exchange for a second round pick. Should the Dallas Cowboys pull the trigger and bring Gordon into the fold?
Dallas has shown interest in the young 22-year old before. The Cowboys want to pick Gordon in last year’s Supplemental Draft but was underbid by Cleveland. After a stellar rookie campaign where he recorded 50 receptions for 805 yards and five touchdowns, Gordon seemed to be more of a problem child then a future NFL star. This offseason, He tested positive for codeine use. Not a big shock as Gordon also tested positive for marijuana three times while at Baylor and was eventually suspended indefinitely for it.
Because of this most recent positive test, Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the regular season this year. He claimed the codeine was used to cure a case of strep throat. But this apparently wasn’t his first strike with the league as one more failed drug test could result in a year-long suspension.
Gordon returned to the field with a vengeance. In just his last three games alone, Gordon has recorded 22 receptions for 404 yards and two scores. His talent is unquestionable.
As for his off-the-field troubles, Dallas felt comfortable enough to want him out of Baylor. That is mainly due to Baylor head coach Art Briles, who vouched for Gordon as a good person despite having to suspend him. It helps that Briles’ daughter, Jancy, is the Cowboys’ media relations coordinator.
We know the Cowboys like the kid. We know he’s got talent. But is there a need for him? I believe so. It’s simply time for Dallas to part ways with veteran wide out Miles Austin. His injury troubles, declining numbers and over-sized paycheck make him expendable. Gordon simply gives Dallas a younger, cheaper and more talented option. And at 6’4, he gives the Cowboys a better run blocker and jumper than the 5’8 Cole Beasley.
Another positive for Gordon is his cap friendly contract. Last year, Gordon signed a four-year, $5.342 million contract. Which means his services are rather cheap through 2016.
But the real question is: Is the risk worth the reward? Is it worth giving up a second round pick for a uber-talented kid who is one strike away from a year-long suspension? I think you could look over at Dez Bryant and say yes, he’s been worth the risk. But what do you think? Leave your comments down below.