Yesterday I posted a quick article about Josh Gordon’s new gig as a car salesman in Randolph, OH. Today I come with better news: Josh Gordon could play for the Browns this year.
The NFLPA and NFL are working on a new drug test policy that would include testing for HGH, which the NFL has wanted to do for some time now. The new policy would also raise the limit that would indicate a positive marijuana test. The problem for Gordon is that he took his test on March 11, which is before the new league year had started. If this policy were to be implemented, anyone who had tested positive during this league year could be eligible to play – like Wes Welker.
The new test would raise the threshold to 50 ng/ml, which is the same policy that the military and Major League Baseball currently adhere to. For the Olympics, the limit is 150 ng/ml. Gordon failed his test at 15 ng/ml(A cup) and 13.6 ng/ml(B cup re-test).
According to Cleveland.com, a source came forward and said “it’s possible Gordon will be re-instated this season”.
In case you haven’t heard yet, Josh Gordon is suspended for the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. But that doesn’t mean the star wide receiver will be out of a job.
Gordon, who starts work this weekend in Randolph, will be a part of the sales team working on the floor as well as attending community events around northeast Ohio.
Breaking: Josh Gordon, who is already facing a year long ban for a failed drug test, was arrested early this morning for driving while impaired.
This could be the final nail in the coffin for his NFL career and is the latest in a long line of incidents that date back to his college days.
Live updates at 11:30am
- “Joe has done a superb job” – J. Haslam
- There will be no CEO in the new Browns organization.
- Banner will serve in transitional role til May or June: “I don’t know that I’ve worked with anyone smarter than Joe.” – Haslam
- Haslam said decision for Banner to depart “mutual” to “streamline” operations; all 3 will report to him
- “The reports that HC’s didn’t want to talk to us are inaccurate” – Haslam
- Haslam: “I will accept comments & criticism about change. There is no primer for being an NFL owner. Learn on the go”
- Haslam “I felt like the previous setup was a little bit cumbersome.” This way “much more efficient, much more clear.”
- “The people I talk to around the country think this is an outstanding opportunity in Cleveland.”
- Haslam: These are the last of the major changes we’re going to make in the organization.
- Haslam: Farmer will have final say on final 53-man roster; Pettine will set 47-man game-day roster.
That concludes Jimmy Haslam’s press conference – new GM Ray Farmer will meet with press in a few minutes.
- Farmer: he’s an acronym guy – 1st one is KTB – Know Trust & Believe; 2nd is GUTF – Get Up The Field
- Farmer said he knows trusts & believes in Haslam. Right man behind owning this team. He’s made a decision that we need to move forward.
- Ray Farmer had no idea the shakeup would happen when he turned down the Dolphins job
- “I think Jimmy should be applauded … as someone not afraid to make tough decisions.”
- Farmer said he got a 4 year contract; Pettine got 4 plus team option for a 5th
- “I think regardless of who the player is and what position he plays, I’ll make the right decision. It will be our decision”
- Farmer: I definitely and very proud and happy for this day. My mom and dad are here & I wanted them to see this moment in my life.
- Farmer acknowledges it is an “element of pride” to be one of the few African-American GMs in the NFL.
- Farmer says he will work in “collaboration” w/ Pettine on the roster.
- Farmer: There will be a different tenor how we stack the War Room.
- Farmer on Davone Bess: We’re in communication. Just understand we are concerned for Davone.
- Farmer said he has multiple draft boards right now but they’ll change
- Farmer on hearing the news of his promotion last night: I was genuinely excited. There was a moment of reflection as well.
Earlier this morning:
Lombardi & Banner are out, Ray Farmer has been promoted to GM for the Browns.
A press conference will begin at 11:30am this morning. You can stay updated by following our live updates here at LivingWithCLE.com or follow us on Twitter @LivingWithCLE.
Press Release from Jimmy Haslam via ClevelandBrowns.com:
Haslam released the following statement:
“First of all, we wanted to capitalize on the knowledge, experience and character we’re fortunate to have in Ray Farmer. Ray has a tremendous football IQ, he’s compelling, and he understands the types of players we need to acquire and develop in order to win in Cleveland. He embraces his partnership with Mike Pettine, which is critical in helping build the right team. Ray will provide excellent leadership in our front office.
“We appreciate Joe’s contributions to the Cleveland Browns, especially in helping us as new owners. He was committed to creating a successful organization and bringing in talented individuals. We thank him for his work and dedication. We wish him and his family the best.
“Alec will continue in his role as President of this team. I think he’s one of the most intelligent and innovative young executives in the NFL.
“We’re also grateful for Mike Lombardi’s efforts and commitment since rejoining our organization. He is an experienced and creative NFL executive with a unique ability to see the big picture. He has tremendous instincts and I know he’ll be a valuable addition to any NFL organization. We simply wanted to give Ray this opportunity that he’s earned. We wanted to move forward under his leadership and capabilities.
“The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved.”
Statement from Joe Banner:
“It is bittersweet leaving the Browns organization. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Jimmy Haslam and helping him set the infrastructure for this franchise. I am proud of the talented individuals we brought in to help lead this team and feel that the Cleveland Browns are in good hands moving forward.”
Cavs Beat Memphis
The Cavs hung on to beat Memphis last night in OT 91-83. Kyrie finished the first quarter with 14 points and by the end of the game he had racked up 28 points & six assists. Cleveland has now won back to back games since firing GM Chris Grant. Make sure to check out Kyrie’s ridiculous layup to send the Cavs to OT & Waiters dunk late last night.
Vinnie Pestano lost his arbitration case recently. He was looking for $1.45M, but will instead receive $975K. Pestano only pitched 35 1/3 innings in 2013, posting a 4.08 ERA with 9.4 K/9 and 5.3 BB/9. He injured his elbow during the World Baseball Classic and changed his delivery, so that may be partly to blame for the inflated ERA.
A Justin Masterson trade is still being talked about. He’s still in an arbitration battle with the Indians and is looking for $11.8M, while the Tribe has offered $8.05M. It’ll be interesting to watch this play out – we know that Masterson will start the season with the Indians. The questions is, will he be dealt midway in 2014?
There is a lot going on with the Browns: Pettine & Shannahan have been hired, Cleveland will have over $45M in cap space to resign or acquire free agents, and Draft Day 2014 is creeping up so speculation on who they will take at #4 is growing louder.
There is still chatter that the Browns will trade up to grab Johnny Manziel at #1 overall, but they could wait until #4 and take Teddy Bridgewater(If the draft gods are correct in their predictions). The Browns currently hold the #4 and #26 overall picks in the 2014 draft.
Devone Bess: He is owed $5.75M this year. Most Clevelanders agree that the Browns will sever ties with the WR on March 11 when the league year begins. The Browns could also file a grievance with the Miami Dolphins, who knew that Bess was hospitalized before being traded to Cleveland.
Honorable Mention: Chud has been hired by the Indianapolis Colts as “Special Assistant to the Head Coach”.
The Pheonix Suns came into Cleveland last night flat footed and the Cavs took advantage of that…for two quarters. After halftime the two teams seemed to have switched roles. Cleveland only scored six points in the third quarter – the lowest by any NBA team this season. They went 2-22 during that quarter and gave up their 20 point half time lead, eventually losing by nine.
“It was hard to watch,” Brown said. “Very disappointing. Our guys should be embarrassed by the way we played in the second half.”
It was hard for fans at the game too. They eventually resorted to booing the home team after their third quarter collapse.
Final Score 99-90.
Looking at the photo below you’d believe the Pro-Bowl was almost a real football game. Teammates were hitting each other. The defenses were actually trying. For the dozen or so Browns fans watching, there was one play that stuck out. T.J. Ward taking out Josh Gordon, sending him flipping through the air.
Ward wasn’t the only Brown to get on the highlight reel. Jordan Cameron had a touchdown in the fourth quarter and finished with 27 total yards. Josh Gordon had 66 yards receiving and a TD. Joe Haden had an interception. TJ Ward had the hit of the game. It was a good night to be a Browns fan.
Team Rice came away with a $53,000 for each player for their 22-21 win and Team Sanders received $23,000 per player.
There have been a lot of small headlines recently surrounding the Indians. Charlie Nagy is back in Cleveland as a pitching instructor. Jim Thome has a statue that will be unveiled in August at Progressive Field and could be headed for the Indians HOF soon.
A bigger headline is the negotiations surrounding Justin Masterson. He is currently in an arbitration battle with the Tribe and is looking for $11.8 million – Cleveland has offered $8.05M. If a deal doesn’t come together soon, things could get ugly. Masterson is looking at a pittcher like Matt Garza, who just received a $50M deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, and try to make the point that he’s worth $11M. Would the Tribe trade another ace if negotiations don’t pan out?
Other players that could head towards arbitration hearing with the Indians are Michael Brantley, Josh Tomlin and Vinnie Pestano.
The rumors surrounding the next head coach for the Browns are heating up again. McDaniels, Gase, and Whisenhunt are all gone. Dan Quinn is in the Super Bowl. Mike Pettine is getting the headlines.
Pettine has completed his second interview with the team and seems like the front office is leaning towards him. Buffalo reporter Mark Gaughan even believes he has the job locked up.
A deal could happen soon, but most reports are saying that the Browns will wait to sign their next head coach.
With Ray Horton gone, Pettine could be a good pick for the coaching position. He helped to improve the Buffalo defense this past year and worked under Rex Ryan before that. The Bills had 57 sacks this past season, second in the league. With the talent the Browns have on defense, it could be a big attraction for Pettine. It would also be a rarity for a team to hire a head coach that was a defensive coordinator first. Only 3 defensive minded coaches in the past two years have been hired as a head coach in the NFL.
The Browns are interviewing another candidate today, but it is unknown who it is. Likely interviewees could include the Falcons OC Dirk Koetter and Seahawks DC Dan Quinn.