An old axiom exists for those anticipating bad news: hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
Clearly that’s what Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer is doing with respect to handling the wide receiver situation.
Earlier this week the Browns signed a group of undrafted free agents that included four wide receivers. Prior to that they signed Nate Burleson to a contract and just today, they added two more wide receivers to the roster with signings of free agents Miles Austin (Dallas Cowboys) and Earl Bennett (Chicago Bears).
Clearly the Browns are preparing for the worst with respect to the Josh Gordon situation. Gordon faces a year-long ban for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. But Burleson broke the same arm that he injured when a member of the Detroit Lions last year. While he's expected to be 100 percent for training camp, logically speaking that had to play a role in today's signings. That is to Farmer’s credit.
If for some inexplicable reason Gordon escapes league discipline, the Browns possess the potential to be loaded at the wide receiver position. If not they will have enough veterans who, if they can stay healthy, should be able to be productive providing they can establish chemistry with whomever the starting quarterback is.