Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon hopes to remain a Brown for a long time.
But an important deadline as to whether or not that has any chance of happening is less than 2 weeks away – the NFL trading deadline.
Gordon remains less than thrilled that his name hit the rumor mill but he’s dealing with it the only way that he knows how – to play hard. Gordon expressed those sentiments in an interview on the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns radio network Wednesday night.
“It definitely crossed my mind a bunch of times, seeing it at home on the television screen,” Gordon said of the rumors over the last month. “I wondered if my phone was going to ring any moment now considering what took place not too long ago with Trent [Richardson].”
Gordon admitted that he and the rest of the locker room were shaken by the deal that sent Richardson to Indianapolis for the Colts’ 2014 first-round pick.
“All of us were on our toes after something like that happened,” Gordon told Michael Reghi and Vic Carucci. “It’s a business, the NFL, so whatever the front office deems reasonable and a smart business move you definitely can’t just feel bad about it or be angry about it, so I was prepared either way.
“Regardless I felt I had even more to prove either to the Browns or to the potential team that was going to get me so I could go out there and play and hopefully I don’t have to be that player that has to be shopped around so I want to go out there and make my mark each week.”
The Browns reportedly fielded phone calls from the San Francisco 49ers as well as a few other teams as to Gordon’s availability following the Richardson trade. There was a report that the Browns were seeking no less than a second round pick for the former 2012 supplemental draft selection and a few plausible scenarios for a deal have been thrown out there by NFL experts and analysts.
The NFL’s trade deadline is Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. but even if Gordon remains, he’s not expecting his name to disappear from rumors.
“Even still through the deadline, you’re still not sure,” Gordon said. “I take it for what it is but I’m definitely going to go out there every Sunday and play my game and do my job.”
Since returning from a 2-game suspension to start the season for violating the league’s policy on substances of abuse in the offseason, Gordon has 25 catches for 429 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He is coming off a 7-catch 126 yard effort in Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Lions and his 107.3 yards per game average is second best in the NFL this season. Gordon has 7 career NFL TD receptions, the average of which is 43 yards.
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