Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

18 Jul 2014

Scott Kacsmar: How I Would Have Handled Josh Gordon

The ideal situation for developing a troubled talent like Josh Gordon and the reality of his circumstances in Cleveland could not be any different. You do not put a kid like that in an unstable environment that’s had multiple owners, general managers, coaches, offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. Jimmy Haslam, the Browns’ current owner, has been investigated by the FBI and had to pay a $92 million penalty for his other company’s wrongdoings. What example does that set for the players?

When you’re a team like Cleveland, you might look at the supplemental draft as a way to get a talented player. When a player’s only eligible for the supplemental draft, he probably comes with major red flags. Gordon was no exception to that with failed drug tests in college. The talent was obvious, but so were the flaws.

I’m not going to pretend to be a Cleveland GM, because those guys get fired too soon. Instead I’m going to lay out what I would have done from day one with Gordon as a NFL team’s front office guy. (Read the rest at the RSP blog).

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 18 Jul 2014

2 comments, Last at 19 Jul 2014, 2:14pm by herewegobrowniesherewego


by Guido Merkens :: Sat, 07/19/2014 - 7:57am

I think both of these responses fail to account for the fact that, even with all his problems, Gordon is currently underpaid. He might see a release as a reward rather than a punishment, because some team will give him bigger money in free agency.

by herewegobrownie... :: Sat, 07/19/2014 - 2:14pm

I think the Browns are also terrified of him figuring it out discipline-wise and dominating somewhere else if they release him, as well they should.

He will get paid more than he does now (especially since he gets offset/cap hit money from the Browns if released, and while suspended gets a big fat $0 for pay,) but I find it hard to believe that anyone will pay him a contract that's not exceedingly non-guaranteed based on him staying out of trouble.