With the NFL trade deadline approaching, the Washington Redskins have areas that could use an upgrade as they still fight to gain ground in the NFC East. One of the positions that has underwhelmed for the Redskins is at wide receiver, and the Cleveland Browns Josh Gordon is one of the top receivers that might be available.
Pierre Garcon is the Redskins top target at wide receiver, and while he’s had a respectable season so far with 47 receptions for 512 yards, and two TD’s. Garcon is only averaging a paltry 10.9 yards a catch. And that’s not the number you really need to have from your number one wide receiver.
Gordon has a career average per catch of 16.9 yards over two seasons. He has elite size at 6’3, 225, and has the speed and athleticism to not only catch the ball in traffic but also go deep. Another thing he has going for him is he played in college at Baylor with Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, so Gordon would already have chemistry with the team’s franchise QB.
However, one major thing that Gordon has going against him is that he has already been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse program, and faces a year-long suspension on his next violation. This is one reason the Redskins want to part ways with TE Fred Davis, and something that might keep them from going after Gordon.
But a play making receiver is something the Redskins are sorely missing from their lineup, and a player like Gordon could also open things up for other receivers too. The Browns traded running back Trent Richardson earlier this season, so for the right offer, Gordon might be trade bait too. What’s the right offer? I’d say no less than a second round pick.