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Report: Browns have 'standing offers' to trade Josh Gordon

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Browns reportedly have multiple offers for wideout Josh Gordon.
The Browns reportedly have multiple offers for wideout Josh Gordon. (USATSI)

The new regime in Cleveland isn't pulling any punches with the roster. They were willing to ship Trent Richardson to the Colts (albeit for a first-round pick, which looks quite smart now). And they're also willing to deal wideouts Greg Little and Josh Gordon.

Or are they? Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Monday night "at least three teams have contacted" Cleveland about Gordon.

Two of the teams, per Schefter, have "standing offers of a high pick and a player" but the Browns are "balking."

It's hard to blame them: Gordon looks like a high-level talent at the wide receiver position and there are any number of teams with wide receiver issues.

The Patriots need help at the position, the Colts just lost Reggie Wayne, the Packers are down Randall Cobb and Jermichael Finley and the 49ers are clearly in need of a boost at the wideout position.

You could make an argument for lesser contenders like the Panthers or Chargers as well. In reality, you could connect the Browns with just about any team in need of a wideout.

There are a couple issues though. Gordon, taken by Cleveland in the second round of the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, was already suspended two games for a substance-abuse violation. Another violation of the league's policy could net him a year's suspension. That's a terrifying thought if you're thinking about acquiring Gordon.

The idea of packaging a player -- and therefore handing back a lower-round pick -- might not appeal to Cleveland, who wants to stockpile picks in advance of the 2014 NFL Draft.

And it's possible that no one's meeting the Browns asking price for an immensely talented player. Moving Gordon isn't easy and it might not be something the Browns even want to do after seeing his inspired play once he returned from suspension.

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