Well, after much talk, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon is back in the NFL. Gordon was in New York today to meet with the NFL, and Commissioner Roger Goodell formally reinstated him.
The reinstatement is conditional for the time being. The Browns detailed what he can do and when. Effective immediately, he may join the Browns to attend meetings, engage in conditioning work and individual workouts. Subject to compliance with clinical and other requirements, he will be placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list and be permitted to practice with the team beginning on Monday, November 20. Beginning Monday, November 27, Gordon will be eligible at the team’s discretion to return to active status or to remain on the Commissioner’s Exempt list for an additional week before returning to active status.
There had been some rumors about the Browns potentially trading Gordon’s rights, but he will remain with the team through rest of this season. His contract tolled from when he was suspended in September 2016. Previously, he was suspended all of 2015, and ten games in 2014. The last time he played was in 2014, when he finished the season with 24 receptions for 303 yards in five games. The previous year, he had 87 receptions for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
My guess is that barring another suspension, he will at least finish out his contract in Cleveland. I think he has one year left on it, but it’s hard to tell given all the suspensions.