Josh Gordon’s agent says his client is doing well and determined to be re-instated to the NFL after his minimum year-long ban expires in February, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
“With Josh, he’s hanging in there,” Drew Rosenhaus told Northeast Ohio Media Group Saturday at the Joe Haden & Friends softball game at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio.
“He’s biding his time. It’s a difficult process and it’s meant to be difficult obviously. But I’ve got faith in him and he’ll get through this tough time and he still has a very bright future in the NFL in my opinion.”
Rosenhaus said Gordon, a Houston native, is still living in the Cleveland area and spending time with his teammates away from the Browns facility. During his unpaid ban, Gordon is not permitted to work out with the team or attend meetings.
In essence, he’s been kicked out of the league for multiple violations of the substance abuse policy and won’t be permitted at team functions until he gets the green light from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“The players on this team really care about Josh,” Rosenhaus said. “Joe Haden’s been great to him and so have all of his friends on the team. That’s really meant a lot to Josh during this difficult time.”
One reason for Rosenhaus’ optimism is that another one of his clients, former Redskins tight end Fred Davis, was recently re-instated and signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. Davis was suspended indefinitely in February of 2014 for multiple violations of the substance abuse policy and spent all last season out of football. He was reinstated by Goodell on May 7th and signed by New England on May 11th.
“Josh is just as determined to make it back as Fred was,” said Rosenhaus.
Rosenhaus acknowledged that it’s difficult for players suspended indefinitely to be banned from their teams and separated from their support structure. Gordon, who was banned after drinking alcohol on a plane to Las Vegas in January with teammates and former Browns receivers coach Mike McDaniel, plays pickup basketball with his Browns teammates and hangs out at Haden’s house, but misses working out at the Browns facility and being on the field for organized team activities.
“It’s not an easy situation to be in and he’s just taking it one day at a time,” said Rosenhaus.