The Cleveland Browns are surrounded by some rumors that will likely be difficult for fans to stomach — two of the major pieces of their offense, Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon, are both expected to be gone next year.
Cameron, the team’s promising tight end, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this year and sources close to the team indicate that he is not expected to re-sign with the Browns.
Cameron missed 10 games this past season dealing with a concussion and a shoulder injury, but still managed to catch 24 passes for 424 yards and two touchdowns. He had a breakout season in 2013, catching 80 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns.
The rumors come at the worst possible time for the Cleveland Browns. On Sunday, news leaked that wide receiver Josh Gordon failed another drug test, meaning he will face a mandatory one-year suspension. Gordon reportedly tested positive for alcohol after having already been arrested last July for driving while impaired.
Gordon, who also missed the first two games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and was suspended again in this year’s season finale for breaking team rules, now appears to be on his way out of Cleveland.
“Clearly we are very disappointed to hear the latest report regarding Josh,” the Browns said in a statement.
“At this point, due to the confidential nature of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, we have not been made aware by the league of a failed test. We are in the process of gathering more information and will provide further comment at the appropriate time.”
If the rumors about Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron leaving are true, it will mean a costly blow for an already reeling Cleveland Browns team. The team is mired in a quarterback quagmire, with veteran Brian Hoyer not able to nail down the job but rookie Johnny Manziel reportedly tearing the locker room apart. Some unnamed players slammed Manziel this week, saying that he didn’t want to work hard at improving and seemed only interested in partying.