According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns are looking to trade both Joe Haden and Josh Gordon before Tuesday’s deadline. Haden has already missed three games this season with two separate groin injuries, and Gordon has yet to play a snap this season, after serving a four-game suspension, then subsequently entering a rehabilitation and treatment center.
Reportedly, the Browns plan to move Haden so long as he stays healthy before Tuesday, which would be a lofty task for a man that has dealt with injuries throughout his whole career. This season, Haden has totaled 15 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defended, with both picks coming in the same game against the Ravens.
Where moving Haden becomes interesting is, when looking at his contract, after this season he is still due almost $40 million through 2019, which could severely impact his value and any potential suitors in the trade market. A player with the injury history that Haden has that is making as much as he is, is not going to be all that sought after. What Haden and the Browns have going for them, is that Haden is a multiple time Pro Bowler and has averaged almost three interceptions a season to this point.
With Gordon, Cleveland has made a much stronger stance on him, saying they will be parting ways with him “one way or another,” according to Schefter. Similar to Haden, the market for Gordon is likely not all that big considering his numerous substance abuse policy violations, and the coinciding fact that he has played in a regular season game since 2014. It is looking more and more likely that the Browns will have to just cut their losses and release Gordon.
When he has played, Gordon was looking like he could’ve turned into one of the best receivers in the NFL, based not only on his stats, but the way he played and dominated opposing defenses. In the 35 games he played between 2012 and 2014, Gordon totaled 161 catches, for 2,745 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Berea will likely be buzzing these next two days as the team looks to find the right deal, or really any deal for these two men.