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Browns sign rookie WR Josh Gordon

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 16, 2012

The Browns have signed rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon, the team announced today.

The four-year deal is worth about $5.3 million with $3.8 million guaranteed, a league source confirmed. Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com first reported the terms of the contract.

The Browns picked Gordon last Thursday in the second round of the NFL’s supplemental draft.

As a sophomore at Baylor in 2010, Gordon caught 42 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns. Gordon was arrested for marijuana possession in October of that season, and he recently told the Houston Chronicle he was suspended indefinitely by Baylor after failing a marijuana test in the summer of 2011. He then enrolled at Utah, where he practiced last season but did not play in any games because of NCAA transfer rules.

Despite Gordon’s history of off-the-field issues, General Manager Tom Heckert said he did his homework and believes the 6-foot-3, 224-pound Gordon will be able to immediately contribute for the Browns.

“He is a guy that can come in here and be an eventual starter for us and make plays for us,” Heckert said last week during a conference call. “I think anytime you draft a guy there is always some risk involved, but we think we got a good football player.”

The Browns have yet to sign first-round picks Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden. Heckert said he expects both players to sign their rookie deals in time for training camp. Rookies report July 24 and practice the next day. Training camp opens to the public on July 28.

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