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ESPN reports Browns have discussed trading WR Josh Gordon to 49ers

By Nate Ulrich Published: October 7, 2013

The Browns have talked to the San Francisco 49ers about trading wide receiver Josh Gordon, but a deal is unlikely with Mario Manningham coming off the physically unable to perform list and fellow wide receiver Michael Crabtree expected back from injury next month, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported today.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport also reported today that the Browns have talked to teams, including the 49ers, about dealing Gordon. The Browns would like a second-round draft pick in return, according to the report.

The previous regime drafted Gordon, 22, in the second round of the supplemental draft last summer. In three games this season, Gordon has compiled 18 catches for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

Trade rumblings involving Gordon first surfaced the morning of Sept. 22, when Gordon returned from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and caught a career-high 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. Before the game, Gordon became aware of ESPN reporting that the Browns were fielding trade offers and were open to dealing him and fellow wide receiver Greg Little. The next day, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski insisted the team had “no plans” to trade Gordon or Little.

On Sept. 26, Gordon said Chudzinski sent him a text message “just reassuring me there were no trade offers or anything like that.” Still, because the Browns traded running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round pick on Sept. 18, Gordon said anything is possible.

"The fact that [Chudzinski] said there wasn’t [a plan to trade me], it makes me feel a little more comfortable,” Gordon said. “At the same time, anything can happen.

“I guess after what happened to Trent, I think that’s probably the way it’s going for a lot of these guys. You’re going to think about it until the [trade] deadline definitely happens [Oct. 29].”

Upon returning from his two-game suspension, Gordon said he believes he faces a one-season banishment from the league if he violates its substance-abuse policy again. He blamed prescription cough medicine that contained codeine for triggering a failed drug test that led to his suspension this season. He failed three marijuana tests in college.

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