Browns open to trading WRs Gordon, Little; covet RB Tate
Not content to stand pat after shipping RB Trent Richardson to Indy, the Browns' front office will also entertain offers for their two young WR, Josh Gordon and Greg Little.
Not content to stand pat after shipping running back Trent Richardson to Indianapolis earlier this week, the Browns' front office will also entertain offers for their two young wide receivers, Josh Gordon and Greg Little, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has confirmed.
All three players were drafted under the previous regime that was led by then-president Mike Holmgren. Now Joe Banner has replaced Holmgren, Mike Lombardi has been brought on as general manager, and Rob Chudzinzki was hired as the coach.
The organization wasn't convinced that Richardson's on-field productivity matched his lofty draft status (he was the No. 3 pick in 2012) and they were comfortable trading him for the Colts' 2014 first-round pick. Gordon and Little, meanwhile, have struggled to stay out of trouble off the field; Gordon was suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy (he'll make his debut Sunday), and Little, who once received 93 parking tickets in college, continues to rack of traffic violations in Cleveland, his most recent coming last Monday.
It doesn't help that Little has been underwhelming as a receiver. The 2011 second-round pick has 8 receptions for 59 yards this season, and was demoted this week when Gordon returned to the active roster. Last season, Little hauled in 53 passes for 647 yards and 4 touchdowns, but caught only 58 percent of the throws in his direction, according to Football Outsiders.
In fact, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports that the Browns have made it clear they do not think highly of any the offensive players they have inherited beyond center Alex Mack and left tackle Joe Thomas. The front office believes there is a lot of skill position talent in the 2014 draft.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that at least one team has made "a quality offer for Gordon," the more dynamic player of the two, who also comes with more baggage. We wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots were -- or are -- interested because their current wide receivers corps is in shambles.
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