Josh Gordon breaks silence ahead of Browns release

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Troubled receiver Josh Brown took to Instagram on Saturday night, thanking the Browns organization ahead of his impending release.

“Huge s/o [shoutout] to the city of Cleveland, this place will always feel like home to me … I’m extremely honored and blessed to have been able to grow up and start a life amongst such a passionate and motivated group of individuals … It’s been a hell of a journey with you guys,” the 27-year-old penned to his 466,000 followers.

Gordon’s journey with the Browns began in 2012, after being taken in the second round of the supplemental draft, later signing a four-year, $5.3 million deal with the club. Despite his immense talent, Gordon’s off-field behavior, namely his struggles with substance abuse, has cast a heavy shadow on a once-promising career.

On Saturday, the Browns announced their plans to cut him loose.

“This afternoon we informed Josh Gordon and his representatives that we are going to release him on Monday,” general manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “For the past six years, the Browns have fully supported and invested in Josh, both personally and professionally and wanted the best for him, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we feel it’s best to part ways and move forward. We wish Josh well.”

Gordon allegedly arrived to the team’s facility late on Saturday morning and was “not himself,” league sources told Cleveland.com.

“I wish all of you nothing but the best …” Gordon continued. “Thanks to the @ClevelandBrowns organization for having me, I’ll never forget my time here.”

While Gordon’s story is still unwritten, sources tell ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Cleveland prefers to trade the wideout to an NFC club. Although he can’t dictate his future, Gordon’s ideal landing spots are said to be the 49ers and Cowboys.

“‘Same book, next chapter…’” he added. “P.S. Anybody need a deep threat WR??”

Perhaps Jerry Jones will soon be on the line.

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