Lynch: 49ers have called Browns about Josh Gordon

update: General manager John Lynch told 49ers beat writers the team has inquired
about Josh Gordon and is doing their due diligence on him. The Browns announced
plans to release Gordon on Monday Youth
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, and have until 1 p.m. PT Monday to make it
official. That gives the 49ers up to 24 hours to figure out their options.The
Cleveland Browns announced on Saturday that they plan to release wide receiver
Josh Gordon on Monday, likely with the hopes of generating trade interest before
then. “A few teams” have inquired with the Browns, per Pro Football Talk, but
there is no word on who they are. However, Gordon would be interested in playing
for the San Francisco 49ers or Dallas Cowboys, NFL Network reporter Ian
Rapoport.If the Browns get even a conditional late round pick, that might be
enough to unload Gordon before they release him. They control his rights for
now, but because he is a vested veteran, he would not have to go through waivers
if released. Thus, if released, he would have his choice of any of the other
teams.Of course, just because Gordon is interested in a given team does not mean
it will happen. It takes two to get a deal done, and we don’t know yet if the
49ers have interest in bringing Gordon over. Kyle Shanahan was Cleveland’s
offensive coordinator in 2014 — a season in which Gordon was suspended the first
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, he 24 passes for 303 yards in five games,
and then was suspended the final game for violating a team rule.Gordon’s peak
saw him catch 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013. In the five
years since then, he’s played in 11 total games, including none in 2015 and
2016. He has natural talent, but with that much missed time, it’s safe to say
he’s probably not the receiver he was in 2013.That’s not to say he isn’t an
upgrade for a lot of teams, but the 49ers could decide there are just too many
questions and they want to see what their own group can do. Marquise Goodwin is
out with a thigh bruise, but Dante Pettis is getting the opportunity in his
place. Given how much time Gordon has missed over the past five years, it’s hard
to say whether or not he’s an upgrade. My guess is he would be a solid addition
from a pure talent perspective, but even if that’s the case, nobody knows if he
will stay on the field. Any team considering trading for or signing him will
need to factor that into the equation. I’m running out of funny videos to post,
but I’m going to keep scraping the bottom of the barrell for as long as this
keeps up. The sad part about the game is when the Arizona Cardinals took the
field today Womens
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, I immediately knew what was about to happen.
The Cardinals game was a show of just how depleted the 49ers are of talent and
how the loss of Jimmy Garoppolo has crippled this team. There’s not a doubt in
my mind with the Cardinals defense on the field today and the way Garoppolo can
move the ball down the field, the 49ers could have gotten into field goal range
and not muffed a snap.C.J. Beathard isn’t a bad quarterback, he’s a backup
quarterback thrust into a situation that is almost unfair. If he could be a
starting quarterback, he wouldn’t be the backup, it’s simple as that. He held
onto the ball today hesitating to pull the trigger (why? Were the turnovers
scaring him?) and all I could think was “Garoppolo could make that throw in his
sleep.” Anyways, what’s done is done. We have three days and we get to watch the
Oakland Raiders play the 49ers in what is going to be very low-ratings game
unless it’s Raiders or 49ers fans watching. I know a lot of people are happy
with the loss as it helps with draft positioning, but I feel like the team
itself would rather get a couple of wins in order to feel progress from 2017.
Especially since this was one of those heartbreaking losses the 49ers seem to
love to put themselves through. Alright, enough griping. We need to get our
minds off it. So I have some Street Fighter troll videos to close out the night.
The 49ers are in a rebuild, they are in much better hands than when Jim Tomsula
was running things. We just have to keep telling ourselves that. Stay faithful,
my friends.
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