Details emerge about Browns' decision to part ways with Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon

The Cleveland Browns announced they will be releasing Josh Gordon Monday, but the future release date may have been a play to entice teams into trading for the receiver.

While Gordon has no say in where he is traded, sources told Schefter that Gordon is hopeful that it's to a place that can provide the support and understanding he needs.

Gordon, 27, is scheduled to make just $790K this season before becoming a restricted free agent next offseason.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is one of the most dynamic players in the game when he's both healthy and eligible to play.

Earlier this week, the Browns spoke out about making Gordon a more important part of their offense.

Cleveland announced its plans to cut ties with Gordon Saturday, sparking surprise throughout the NFL.

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Some vetting of Gordon's current situation has surely already happened, so these five teams could embrace the risk and bring him in.

With a previous relationship with Brown general manager John Dorsey, Ballard would likely have a direct line for trade talks if there was any interest. However, that's been a rarity for the 27-year-old, who has been suspended by both the National Football League and Browns multiple times - nearly all having to do with substance abuse problems.

Gordon had tweeted during the preseason that he realized "in order for me to reach my full potential my primary focus must remain on my sobriety and mental well-being".

"P.S. Anybody need a deep threat WR?"

Gordon, drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 career games with the team. Gordon missed the 2015 season because of a drug suspension and opted to spend 2016 in rehab.

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