Josh Gordon's time in Cleveland may not be up yet.
Browns general manager Sashi Brown on Wednesday suggested the team could still be interested in the controversial wide receiverif he is ever reinstated by the NFL.
"Listen, assuming he would play at the level we started to see glimpses of last preseason and certainly in the league before, [Gordon] would be a talent I think no team in the NFL would turn down if he got back in,"Brown said, via ESPN Cleveland. "Our decision with Josh is just understanding where he is in this process and being able to have him.
"We’re not in position at wide receiverto turn down a guylike Josh if we feel he’s settled himself. Josh is going to have an opportunity to reapply to the NFL and at that time we’ll make a decision when we know what’s going on."
Gordon entered himself into a rehab facility lastSeptember and has beenworking out with formerOlympian-turned-speed-coach Tim Montgomeryin an effort to get back to playing football.
Gordon, who hasn't played since December 2014, wassuspendedfor two games in 2013, another 10 games in 2014, the entirety of the 2015 season and another four games in the 2016 season forviolating the NFL'ssubstance abuse policy. Heremains on thereserve/suspended by commissioner listafter finishing hisalcohol rehab stint lastOctober.