CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have tendered wide receiver Josh Gordon as an exclusive-rights free agent.

According to multiple reports, Gordon was tendered the contract on Tuesday. The one-time All-Pro pass catcher is due to make $790,000 and cannot negotiate a deal with any other team because of time missed while serving multiple suspensions in the first six years of his NFL career.

Had Gordon played in just one more game in 2017, he would have been a restricted free agent this offseason.

After returning from the suspensions, Gordon turned 18 catches into 335 yards and one touchdown during the 2017 season. Additionally, Gordon was on the receiving end of five passes that went for gains of at least 20 yards and converted 12 first downs.


Against the Browns’ chief rival within the AFC North Division, the Pittsburgh Steelers, quarterback DeShone Kizer’s chemistry with Gordon helped set up a touchdown, which trimmed the deficit down to seven points, 14-7, with 11:46 to play in the first half.

On second-and-three from the Cleveland 44-yard line, Kizer dropped back, stood strong in the pocket and muscled a pass down the right sideline for Gordon.

After securing the catch at the 15-yard line behind the coverage of two Steelers defenders, Gordon hustled his way down the field, where it was originally ruled that he scored a touchdown. However, following a review, the officials said Gordon stepped out of bounds at the two-yard line.


Since joining the Browns through a second-round pick in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft, Gordon has turned 179 catches into 3,089 yards and 15 touchdowns. A Pro Bowl player in 2013, Gordon set a franchise record with an NFL-best 1,646 yards on 87 receptions with nine of those catches going for touchdowns despite his missing the first two games of the season because of a suspension.

However, since that Pro Bowl season of 2013, Gordon was suspended for 44 consecutive games dating back to the final week of the 2014 season, which was a team ban for reportedly missing a walk-through prior to a trip to Baltimore to play the Ravens.

Gordon has been suspended for a total of 56 career games, 55 of which were NFL bans for positive drug and alcohol tests.