By Adam Caplan
July 16, 2012
The Cleveland Browns and rookie WR Josh Gordon have agreed on a four-year contract, an NFL source confirmed.
Gordon, who was selected in the second round of last week’s NFL Supplemental Draft, agreed to a deal worth just over $5.3 million with $3.8 million guaranteed.
Gordon (6’3” 1/8, 224) was the only player selected in this year’s Supplemental Draft.
"I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to become part of such a prestigious organization as the Cleveland Browns. I can't wait to get started and acclimated to a new city as well as the team. I want to be able to contribute to the offense in any way I can, and I am ready to come in and work hard to make that happen,” Gordon said after his selection by the Browns.
Gordon registered 43 receptions for 721 receiving yards with seven touchdown catches in two seasons at Baylor University. He also added seven kickoff returns for 139 yards (19.9 average) during his collegiate career.
As a sophomore in 2010, Gordon played in 13 games with five starts and ranked second on the team with a career-best 42 catches for 714 receiving yards and tied a team-high with seven touchdown catches.
Gordon only visited one team because he needed time to get in shape for his pro day.
“I enjoyed my visit there last week, and was very impressed with all of the people I met, including (general manager) Mr. (Tom) Heckert. I have also had the chance to speak with (head) coach (Pat) Shurmur on several occasions and I am looking forward to the opportunity to play for him. Being taken this high in the supplemental draft and mentioned among the likes of (QB) Bernie Kosar is a humbling experience in itself, as well as a dream come true."
Gordon did not play last season after being dismissed by Baylor due to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, which was later dropped. While various reports varied on how many drug tests Gordon failed while at the school, the Browns clearly feel comfortable with Gordon’s character.
"It's something that we really did our homework on, there's no question about it. We brought the kid in and met with him here then I talked to a zillion guys at both Baylor and Utah. To be honest with you, I couldn't find anybody to say one bad thing about the kid,” Heckert explained when being asked about if he’s concerned with Gordon’s past. “I really enjoyed meeting with him. It's something that is out there that we think we have done our homework on. But to say we're 100%, we're not 100% on anybody in the draft, but we felt good enough that we think he is going to be a positive influence on our team."
Gordon posted an average 40-yard dash time of 4.52, but the rest of his pro day workout was very impressive, according to multiple sources at the workout. He posted 36” in the vertical jump, which displays lower body explosion, and a very solid 10’1” on the broad jump.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the workout, however, was his array of receptions during a catching drill—and he did so after suffering a quadriceps pull earlier during his 40-yard dash run. And not only did Gordon catch every pass from former University of Mississippi QB Jevan Snead during the passing drill, he caught a 60-yard pass down field in stride.
The challenge for Gordon will be to learn the Browns’ version of the West Coast offense, which is a complete departure from the offense he played in at Baylor. He’ll get started on his maturation process going forward when the rookies report to training camp on July 24.