Browns to release Josh Gordon

Browns to release Josh Gordon

"We wish Josh well". A team spokesman said Gordon reported Saturday complaining of soreness in his hamstring and the team determined he could not play.

Josh Gordon's tenure with the Cleveland Browns is coming to an end as general manager John Dorsey announced in a statement that the club will release the receiver on Monday. The Browns ruled him out for Sunday's matchup with the New Orleans Saints before deciding to release him.

Josh Gordon received countless chances the past six years from the Browns until the franchise finally reached the point where it felt it could no longer stick with the ultra-talented, troubled receiver. Gordon wasn't supposed to start, but he was on the field with the first-team offense due to apparent miscommunication between offensive coordinator Todd Haley and head coach Hue Jackson.

It remains to be seen whether moving on from Gordon will prompt the Browns to revisit contract talks with free-agent receiver Dez Bryant. Due to various suspensions and injuries, Gordon would never come close to replicating the same form again. "If the guy wants to play football, he needs to get into camp sooner than later".

Gordon has been suspended multiple times for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Cleveland won't be in unfamiliar territory with Gordon on the sideline, though, as the 2012 Pro Bowler has missed 38 games since 2014. The receiver caught just one pass on three targets, but it was a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game with less than two minutes left in regulation.