The Browns didn't mess around with Johnny Manziel, so why is Josh Gordon being treated differently? Oh, yeah. We know why.
That doesn't mean it's right ... or smart.
Cleveland made a stand when it cut Manziel in the spirit of the "high character" that new coach Hue Jackson wants from his players. No matter how talented Gordon is and how much of a difference he still could make on the field, it's hypocritical not to move on from the receiver, too.
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Gordon, who was reinstated to the NFL on conditional terms Monday, has already faced a season-long suspension. The 25-year-old has played in just 35 NFL games since Cleveland made him the first pick of the 2012 supplemental draft.
The Browns, of course, don't want to part with Gordon, who was one of the league's better and more explosive receivers in 2014. There are delusions of grandeur that Gordon and Robert Griffin III at some point will reunite and deliver as the dynamic duo they were for a short time at Baylor.
More grounded wisdom says that, at worst, Gordon can be flipped for a draft pick.
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