BEREA, Ohio – Whereas Josh Gordon’s away, the Browns might launch Plan B with their extensive receivers.
Dez Bryant is on their radar.
As they await readability on Gordon’s cloudy scenario, Cleveland normal supervisor John Dorsey mentioned Wednesday the crew has mentioned signing Bryant, the previous Dallas star launched by the Cowboys in April.
Gordon is lacking the beginning of coaching camp as a part of his remedy to battle drug and alcohol addictions, and the crew doesn’t recognized when – or if – the 27-year-old shall be again.
Dorsey mentioned he “completely” expects Gordon to return in 2018.
“I’ll respect Josh’s privateness and I’ll proceed to say that and let him do what he has to do shifting ahead,” Dorsey mentioned. “Then, when he comes again, we’ll embrace him, that is how we will do it.”
Within the meantime, the Browns have curiosity in Bryant, a three-time Professional Bowler and one of many recreation’s high playmakers since 2010.
“He is a really proficient participant,” Dorsey mentioned. “Have we had discussions about Dez Bryant? Yeah, that is pure. You are going to have discussions like that. Now, we’ll see what involves fruition within the subsequent couple days, however we have talked about it. You need to speak about this stuff.”
Particularly given Gordon’s monitor file.
Regardless of his quite a few missteps, the Browns are standing by the proficient receiver. They imagine Gordon has turned his life round and are relying on the previous Professional Bowler, who has performed simply 10 video games since 2013 resulting from quite a few NFL drug violations, to assist this season.
Dorsey would not know when Gordon will return, and the membership modified his roster designation from the non-football sickness checklist to “didn’t report” so it might have roster flexibility.
“Josh is 100 p.c dedicated to the Cleveland Browns,” Dorsey mentioned. “The Cleveland Browns are 100 p.c dedicated to him. He is had a fantastic offseason. He is had nice coaching. So you realize what, let’s simply see what occurs right here. Let’s examine what occurs. All I care about is let’s respect his privateness. Let’s examine him transfer ahead.”
An NFL spokesman mentioned earlier this week that Gordon has not been suspended once more, and that there isn’t any timetable on his return.
Nonetheless, each Dorsey and coach Hue Jackson refused to reply whether or not they’ve acquired assurances from the league that Gordon shouldn’t be going through additional self-discipline.
On the eve of his third coaching camp, Jackson, who has not spoken with Gordon, needed the concentrate on his out there gamers.
“Clearly we might wish to have all of our gamers right here. However on the similar time we all know issues do come up,” he mentioned. “And I believe as a workers we ready for something and all the pieces. I believe in my happening three years right here I’ve seen all of it. So I am not shocked by something that may occur. I believe if we make it greater than what it’s.
“You are speaking a couple of younger man that is doing all the pieces he can to place himself in the most effective place to be higher in his life. And I believe that is nice for Josh. On the similar time we’ve a soccer crew to prepare, and that is what we will do. All we are able to actually fear about are the blokes which can be right here and coach the blokes which can be right here and get them higher – -and when Josh is able to return he’ll return.”
With Gordon’s standing unclear, Dorsey mentioned the crew is contemplating Bryant, who’s searching for a contemporary begin.
The 29-year-old developed into one of many league’s most bodily receivers throughout eight seasons with Dallas. He had three seasons of greater than 1,200 yards receiving and led the NFL with 16 touchdowns in 2014.
Nonetheless, he got here up wanting residing as much as the five-year, $70 million contract he signed 4 years in the past. Bryant battled an assortment of accidents earlier than the Cowboys let him go to achieve salary-cap area.
Bryant has had some off-field points, although nothing to Gordon’s degree, and his fiery temperament led to some well-publicized sideline rants. However with Cleveland’s receiving corps decreased by Gordon’s absence and a season-ending neck damage to Ricardo Louis, the Browns could also be keen to miss any baggage.
“I take a look at Dez as a really aggressive, passionate particular person,” mentioned Dorsey, who has recognized Bryant for years. “That is how I take a look at a Dez Bryant.”
NOTES: Rookie CB Denzel Ward signed his contract and reported in time for Thursday’s first follow. Ward was the final unsigned participant in Cleveland’s rookie class. Prime choose Baker Mayfield signed his $32 million deal Tuesday evening. … Dorsey and Jackson reiterated they won’t rush Mayfield and that Tyrod Taylor is the membership’s beginning quarterback.