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Browns notebook: Rob Chudzinski reassures Josh Gordon he’s not on trading block

By Nate Ulrich
Beacon Journal sports writer

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BEREA: If the Browns ever trade Josh Gordon, he wants them to know they would be dealing someone who’s determined to become a star like fellow wide receivers Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans and A.J. Green of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Gordon and the Browns (1-2) will face Green and the Bengals (2-1) Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland.

“I want to reach that goal of being one of the household names, the kind of NFL athletes that you could refer to when you think of wide receiver, big-play kind of guy like those kind of guys are,” Gordon said Wednesday. “I work on it every week, and going out there and doing it during the game is the biggest time to prove it.”

After ESPN reported Sunday morning that the Browns were fielding trade offers for Gordon, he responded with a career-high 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in their 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings. On Monday, Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said the organization had no plans to trade Gordon.

“[Chudzinski] texted me the other day talking about it and just reassuring me there were no trade offers or anything like that,” Gordon said.

Still, Gordon isn’t taking anything for granted after the team traded running back Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in last year’s draft, in exchange for the Indianapolis Colts’ first-round selection in 2014.

“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].”

Jim Brown weighs in

Browns special adviser and Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown offered his view of the Richardson deal during an episode of Showtime’s Inside the NFL on Wednesday night.

“I was surprised,” Brown said, per a transcript provided by Showtime. “But then I thought it was a brilliant move. … Because first of all, Trent couldn’t have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed. But with [Colts quarterback] Andrew Luck, Andrew won’t need as much, and the two of them can really do a lot for their team. And Cleveland with their draft choices, I think they were going to look at a quarterback.”

Brown also continued to rip ex-Browns President Mike Holmgren, who removed Brown as Randy Lerner’s executive adviser in 2010.

“[Holmgren] had all his boys that were going to come in and take advantage of the kind of money that he could pay his guys and never really be there,” Brown said. “He took advantage of Randy, and it was just a shame. Randy’s a good guy, young owner, wanted someone to take the pressure off of him. Mike came in, saw the weakness and took advantage of it.”

Iron man

Browns Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas will appear in his 100th career game Sunday. He has played all 6,054 offensive snaps since the Browns drafted him third overall in 2007.

Thomas said he has played through illness, knee sprains and torn muscles to keep the longest consecutive snap streak in the league intact.

“It’s a point of pride for me to be able to play 100 straight without missing a snap,” Thomas said. “... Part of playing on the offensive line is just toughing it out.”

Extra points

Kicker Billy Cundiff (strained right quadricep), starting right outside linebacker Jabaal Sheard (sprained left knee) and defensive end Billy Winn (strained quad) did not practice Wednesday. Chudzinski has not ruled any of them out for Sunday. If Cundiff can’t play, the Browns will need a kicker to fill in. If Sheard can’t play, rookie Barkevious Mingo will make his first NFL start. Right guards Shawn Lauvao (ankle) and Oniel Cousins (chest) were limited in practice. Lauvao will likely make his 2013 regular-season debut Sunday, barring any setbacks. … Chud­zinski said wide receiver Greg Little will continue to return kickoffs after being used in that role Sunday. … Punter Spencer Lanning was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance Sunday. He punted, kicked an extra point after Cundiff was hurt and threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jordan Cameron on a fake field goal. “It’s a terrific honor,” Lanning said. “It means a lot, and it shows how far I’ve come.” … The Browns re-signed linebacker Justin Staples to their practice squad. … The Browns are not interested in dealing for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who’s reportedly on the trading block, ProFootballTalk.com reported.

Nate Ulrich can be reached at nulrich@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Browns blog at http://www.ohio.com/browns. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NateUlrichABJ and on Facebook www.facebook.com/browns.abj.


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