Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/30/13
The Browns received several good offers for receiver Josh Gordon before Tuesday's 4 p.m. trading deadline, but none good enough to pry the top-five wideout away from the Browns, league sources said. With the way Gordon has been playing, it would take a first-round receiver to replace him. It's not yet known if anyone offered a first-round choice, but the Browns eschewed a number of intriguing deals based on Gordon's progress this season. They also came close to trading a few other players, but chose to keep the roster intact. In only his second season, Gordon has established himself as one of the premier deep threats in the NFL, and a top-five receiver in several key categories: • He's fourth with an average of 97 yards per game. • He's fifth among receivers with at least 10 catches with his 18.2-yard average per catch. • He's 10th in the NFL with nine receptions of 20 yards or more. • He's averaged 44.1 yards on his eight career touchdowns, and seven have been for 30 yards or more. With Jason Campbell starting in Kansas City, Gordon caught five passes for 132 yards, including a 47-yarder on a shallow cross and 39-yard touchdown off a flea-flicker. It marked his third 100-yard game in six outings this season, the first Brown with that many since Braylon Edwards had three in 2008. At his current clip, Gordon would finish the season with more than 75 receptions, 1,300 yards and seven TDs. He currently has 32 catches for 582 yards and three TDs. "I feel like I’m where I want to be,'' Gordon said after Sunday's 23-17 loss to the Chiefs. "I’m not saying I’m playing at a superb level. I still don’t feel I’ve reached my full potential and I’m always going to feel like that until I’m done playing the game." In crafting their offers for Gordon, teams had to consider his off-the-field risks. Gordon is just one failed drug test or one violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy from being kicked out of the NFL for a minimum of a year. After that, he can apply for re-instatement, but it's up to Commissioner Roger Goodell's discretion. The Browns are well aware of the risks, but have been thrilled with Gordon's progress both on and off the field, and banked on him staying clean. Gordon, who failed three marijuana tests in college, was suspended for the first two games of this season -- and docked four game checks -- for what he said was ingesting codeine that was in a prescribed cough syrup. Gordon has developed a close relationship this season with coach Rob Chudzinski, offensive coordinator Norv Turner and receivers coach Scott Turner. When he returned to the team last month, he said things would be different "for the simple fact that there’s no chances. There's not too many chances really left out there, no room for mistakes for me. It’s either get it right or that’s it." In June, CEO Joe Banner said "Gordon knows that the rope that's left isn't long."
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