The Browns top personnel man left the door ajar for the possibility of Josh Gordon returning to the Browns--at least a little.
When Gordon was on the cusp of being reinstated by the NFL last September and then abruptly checked himself into a rehab clinic, most assumed the Browns were done with Gordon.
At the time, Hue Jackson was asked multiple questions concerning Gordon in his daily press conference with the media when Gordon went into rehab.
Jackson finally had enough questions about Gordon by saying, "we're moving on".
"I'm not going to answer any more Josh Gordon comments or questions,'' Jackson said at the time. "I'm done with it. I'm going to coach our team that's here and that's what I want to do. So no more questions about Josh Gordon."
Not all reporters assumed this meant the Browns were done with Gordon, rather than Jackson just didn't want to answer questions about a player that clearly wouldn't be a part of the 2016 team.
Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown met with reporters this week at the owners meetings in Arizona and was asked about Gordon.
“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 told a group of local reporters from Northeast Ohio, including ESPNCleveland.com “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 receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself," Brown continued. "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 has been suspended in each of the last four seasons, including 43 of the last 48 games. He has reportedly been working with former Olympic athlete Tim Montgomery in hopes of being reinstated for the 2017 season.
After losing Terrelle Pryor in free agency, second-year receiver Corey Coleman is expected to be team's No. 1 receiver. Kenny Britt was signed as an unrestricted free agent to replace Pryor.
The Browns still have Gordon's rights for two seasons and if he is reinstated they could still trade him or release him.