Last year the 49ers were feeling a major sting at WR, since Michael Crabtree had gone down with an Achilles tear. There weren’t a lot of options out there, but troubled Browns receiver, Josh Gordon, was a viable option. Yes, Gordon was plagued with issues, but he would certainly help the the team on the field. Trade talks were bubbling, but Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam, was not buying it. In fact, he was the main reason that any trade talks were curved.
The Browns’ discussions to deal troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon last year were curtailed at the request of owner Jimmy Haslam, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, serving in essence as a tie-breaker between the front office and coaching staff.
Former Browns coach Rob Chudzinski worked diligently with Gordon, on a personal level, and was heavily invested in seeing him flourish, sources said, and he and his staff were not nearly as willing to entertain dealing Gordon. Ultimately, Haslam put an end to any lingering trade discussions leading up to last October’s trade deadline, sources said.
Gordon is now serving a year long suspension from the NFL for repeated violations of the substance abuse policy but that may soon be lifted if that policy changes for substance abuse take effect as expected. There is no doubt that Gordon is a master at his position. Last season he 87 catches for 1,646 yards, even though the Browns QB situation was never really settled. However, if Gordon misses the entire season, then it would appear that Haslam’s decision to pull the plug on trade talks may have backfired on him.