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Freeman Talks About the Potential Punishment for Browns WR Josh Gordon

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Is this something that athletes do? Go up to each other and just...exchange cars for the day? Regardless of how Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon got into his latest mess, there are two objectives now:

  1. Find a way to get him on the right track in his personal life, and
  2. See if there is still a way he can play football in 2014.

When it comes to the latter case, Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report (and formerly of CBS Sports and other media organizations) discussed an interesting case that the NFL could actually "combine" Gordon's offseason offenses into one punishment, and that it might not be for a full season:

What is likely to happen, according to a number of team, league and union sources, is that some sort of deal will be worked out between Gordon and the NFL in which a singular punishment is given for the alleged failed drug tests and alleged DWI. It may not be a full season, I'm told. But the number of games Gordon will be suspended is still a mystery.

Perhaps for selfish reasons, I hope the above pans out, and that Gordon's personal issues get addressed behind closed doors. I maintain my stance that the Browns should 100% not cut him because it offers no benefit to them. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said that while Cleveland could end up cutting Gordon, it's not likely:

Per a source with knowledge of the dynamics of the situation, it’s not likely that the Browns would cut Gordon, but it remains possible.  The source said that it would not be a surprise if the Browns decide to part ways with Gordon before training camp.

The end of July will be here before we know if. If Gordon's appeal hearing doesn't yield a decision until August, then Gordon will be participating in training camp (barring a roster move).