Why the Browns chose to release Josh Gordon

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns

Josh Gordon Released by Cleveland Browns

Even though Gordon had a hamstring injury in the preseason, the injury news seemed odd because the receiver had practiced all week and was not listed on the injury report.

The Browns have informed wide receiver Josh Gordon they will release him Monday.

"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 the statement, "but unfortunately we've reached a point where we feel it's best to part ways and move forward".

The 27-year-old receiver has had a tumultuous career in the National Football League filled with highs and lows.

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Gordon was surprisingly declared out for Sunday's game earlier on Saturday, and it was also reported he would not travel with the team to New Orleans.

A second-round pick in the 2012 supplemental draft, Gordon, 27, caught 180 passes for 3,106 yards and 16 touchdowns in 41 games with the Browns. A Pro Bowl player in 2013, Gordon set a franchise record with an NFL-best 1,646 yards on 87 receptions with nine of those catches going for touchdowns after missing the first two games of the season because of a suspension.

The NFL reinstated Gordon last season after he completed a lengthy rehab program. Additionally, thanks to some interesting service time rules, Gordon would immediately hit free agency rather than go through waivers if the Browns cut him loose. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Browns are "far more likely" to trade Gordon rather than release him. Later that season, his suspension was reduced and he played in five games. With Gordon gone, the team will rely heavily on Rashard Higgins and Antonio Callaway to work alongside Jarvis Landry and tight end David Njoku.

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