Posted September 22, 2013

Browns may not be done dealing

AFC North, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, NFL Free Agency
Josh Gordon is making his season debut Sunday after a two-week ban.

Josh Gordon is making his season debut Sunday after a two-week ban. (David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Browns would be open to trading wide receivers Josh Gordon and Greg Little, the team’s most productive receivers in 2012. Little finished last season with a team-high 53 catches, while Gordon led the Browns with 805 yards and five touchdowns. The pair has been far less productive so far this season — Little had eight grabs for just 59 yards in two games, while Gordon was suspended for Weeks 1 and 2.

As with Richardson, though, both players were brought in by the Browns’ previous regime. Cleveland spent a second-round pick on Gordon during the 2012 supplemental draft, which left the franchise sitting out that round at the 2013 draft. (Picks immediately after the Browns’ vacated spot included Geno Smith, Robert Woods, Menelik Watson and Johnthan Banks.) Little, meanwhile, was a Round 2 selection back in 2011.

Both players still have time left on their rookie contracts — Little is signed through 2014, Gordon through 2015. That fact could help Cleveland move either player, and Gordon might be particularly attractive to a team willing to gamble on a possible top-two receiver. Gordon has shown immense promise during his brief time in the league, but this latest suspension under the league’s substance-abuse policy was his second transgression. A third slip-up would land him a year-long suspension.

Little has had off-field issues of his own, though he has yet to receive any punishment from the NFL. The 24-year-old was ticketed last week for driving with a suspended license, about a month after he was stopped for having expired plates and not all that far removed from wrecking his car while drag racing 127 miles per hour.

The problems for Gordon and Little could drive down the haul Cleveland is hoping to land ahead of the Oct. 29 trade deadline.

ESPN’s report also included news that the Browns are contemplating a major run at current Texans running back Ben Tate come the next free agency period. Tate, who has racked up nearly 1,400 yards behind Arian Foster since 2011, may bolt Houston after this season for a shot at a starting gig elsewhere. Tate should be in line for a huge uptick in salary from the $575K base he’s making this year, the final season of his rookie deal.

The 2014 RB class also could include big names such as Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, each of whom will be an unrestricted free agent without a new contract.

Cleveland also could have plenty of possibilities come the draft. The Richardson trade left the Browns with 10 picks — including two first-rounders — in 2014.

12 comments
DekuTree
DekuTree

since when does one guy's tweet with no reliable source to back it up count as 'reporting'?

tonybot3
tonybot3

Yes, Gordon is talented... but look at it this way... because of his suspension, he left Cleveland with no #1 receiver the first 2 weeks of the season, both losses.    He had a great week #3, but that doesn't make up for the 2 games in which we had no scoring options.      Imagine if he gets in trouble again... That will be a season long suspension for a guy and position that the team needs to count on.  He can have all the talent in the world, but if he shoots the team in the foot, you're moving backwards.

lionoah
lionoah

If these bums were really worth a dang than they would have done something. How many talented players are constantly getting in trouble, yet win Championship's? Talented knuckleheads make the guys who aren't so talented want to act like knuckleheads too, dragging the team down with them. Get rid of them and start from scratch. Next year many teams will be looking to move up, so with all those picks the Browns have they should come away with something...I hope

GregSamick
GregSamick

Gordons line today, 10 catches for 146 yards and a td.

Browns should dump this so called receiver. He has no talent.

There has to be something wrong with these idiots in the FO.  Trade two receivers for the "chance" to draft one out of college. Amazing

GregSamick
GregSamick

Really?  Trade Gordon?  Little is no big loss, but Gordon is one of our best receivers.

Why don't you front office idiots just trade every good player we have.

Morons!!!!!!!

Markus
Markus

I've never ever seen a team give up so early in the season.......really pathetic.

DanaBunner
DanaBunner

All Holmgren acquired players now available.  No offers refused.  Prices never lower.

Plainview
Plainview

Ravens, pay attention.  If Little or Gordon cost a 4th round pick or less, or even a couple low picks, picking one of these guys up could be beneficial.

nfinitwordsfoto
nfinitwordsfoto

I get the feeling that we'll be seeing a story next week:  Browns Request Expansion Franchise Status.

carnage_2012
carnage_2012

Why didn't they do this before the season started? Cue the Benny Hill music.

danboz11
danboz11

@Markus Must not have watched your Pirates for 10 out of the past 12 years.