Josh Gordon returned to the NFL in 2017 after a lengthy absence. He played in five games for the Browns, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown. He made a couple incredible plays, but did not necessarily have a massive impact. Still, we have seen the heights Gordon can reach and know that he has massive potential if utilized to his full abilities. He led the NFL in receiving yards back in 2013 despite the fact that he missed two games due to suspension. He'll turn 27 years old this season, putting him on the cusp of his physical prime. If he were to hit free agency, he would likely be highly sought-after, with the caveat that any team would likely want much of his salary to be incentive-based due to his past unreliability off the field. But that won't happen. According to ESPN's Dan Graziano, Gordon will not be a restricted free agent, but an exclusive rights free agent. That means if the Browns tender him a qualifying offer, he will not be eligible to negotiate a contract with any team other than the Browns.
Josh Gordon reportedly won't be restricted free agent, so it's Browns or nothing
CBS Sports | Feb 21