It's time to take your pick as to who should be believed. Sunday morning, NFL reporters Adam Schefter of ESPN and Adam Caplan of SiriusXM reported that the Cleveland Browns were fielding trade offers for wide receiver Josh Gordon and Greg Little. Caplan said that Browns CEO Joe Banner clearly "wants Gordon out."
How did Gordon respond to the game? With a 10-catch, 146-yard, 1-touchdown, 22-yards rushing performance, aiding Cleveland to their first win of the season. After the game, Gordon acknowledged the fact that he heard the trade rumors before the game, but that he wants to stay here and was hoping a big game would show the value he can bring to this organization.
Monday morning, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported a different take -- that it would be "shocking" if Gordon was dealt away by the organization:
Also, while a report emerged Sunday of the Browns shopping Gordon, the reality is teams know that the new brass hasn't been wowed by the skill players they inherited, and have called with offers. Nothing was close to being done, and according to sources close the situation, it would be shocking if Gordon is dealt. Teams will continue to call and the Browns proved with the Trent Richardson trade they aren't afraid to go bold, but I would think dealing Little or even former starting quarterback Brandon Weeden would be more likely to go down should the right suitor emerge.
If I can theorize a bit, here is what I think happened: the Browns' front office couldn't pass up the ridiculous incentive of getting a first-round pick back for Trent Richardson, so they took the deal. Then, the perception existed that the Browns were "tanking" and have a fire-sale on their offensive talent. We already heard reports that the Browns told teams, including the Broncos, that Joe Thomas was "not on the block." Still, the Gordon and Little rumors emerged. It's still possible they could be dealt, but after a 31-27 win, maybe we should take Banner's comments from his post-trade press conference a little more seriously:
"We’re not looking to make any additional trades, so I don’t want to get into that speculation."