The expectation is that the Browns will attempt to trade Gordon on Monday, but if there are no takers, he will be released outright, officially becoming an unrestricted free agent. Gordon has only made it through an entire 16-game season one time, and that came in his rookie year of 2012.
It's a bit puzzling that the Browns wouldn't consider a deal with an AFC team; they're not exactly expected to be a playoff contender this season, so the chances of Gordon burning them in a high-leverage game down the road seem pretty slim.
The 49ers could certainly use another playmaker of Gordon's caliber at receiver.
"This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday". I've always been honest and up front with our guys about what we're doing as an organization 'cause I think that's the way it should be.
"For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him", Dorsey said in a statement on Saturday, "but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward". I'm extremely honored and blessed to have been able to grow up and start a life amongst such a passionate and motivated group of individuals ... Furthermore, the Browns don't believe Gordon hurt his hamstring during practice, and ESPN's Adam Schefter cited an unnamed source who said the injury was suffered during a promotional shoot.
"I wish all of you nothing but the best ..."
He ended the post by writing, "P.S. Anybody need a deep threat wide receiver?" Head coach Hue Jackson acknowledged that the move could have a negative effect if your team isn't "strong enough", but agreed with the assessment of his players. The receiver led the league with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013, despite the fact that he only played in 14 games.
Gordon missed more than three weeks of training camp this summer while receiving treatment tied to his struggle with addiction.