Josh Gordon had his appeal for reinstatement denied by the NFL. Gordon was set to rejoin the Browns last season, before he checked himself into rehab. He will be able to reapply this fall.
Gordon has been using his monster 2013 season to keep hope alive for years. It has now been three seasons since Gordon has played in a regular season NFL game. Still every year fans of teams in need of a wide receiver look at Gordon as a possibility.
— FFDynasty260 (@FFDynasty260) May 11, 2017
After a preseason game where he caught two passes for 88 yards and a touchdown, Gordon was back on fantasy owners radar. The risk/reward of drafting Gordon is something that needs to be weighed when filling out your roster. He offers extreme upside, but will again be without a certain role in the NFL.
The Browns have said that once Gordon is reinstated, if he is still playing at a Pro Bowl level, they would be open to keeping him. But that is a big if when it comes to both issues. Will he ever be on the field again; and will he be the same player if he does lace up the cleats?
The Browns would be foolish to release Gordon if he still has potential to be reinstated. Without a clear timetable for return, Gordon is very difficult to trade. This leaves the Browns with the option to just wait and see what happens.
Gordon will likely be drafted as a late round flier in drafts. If you are interested in drafting Gordon, make sure you aren’t relying on him for production.
If he does rejoin the Browns, Gordon’s career going forward will always be a mystery. Will he be able to stay clean? Is he still a Pro Bowl talent? With so many unanswered questions, neither the Browns or your fantasy team should be counting on Gordon this season.