Chud downplays rumors of Gordon being traded

CLEVELAND – Now that the Browns are in a trading frame of mind, the next player that is reportedly on the block is receiver Josh Gordon.

It was reported last weekend by several media outlets that Gordon could be gone for the right price. A second-round pick was mentioned, which seems like low value in comparison to his expanding skill set.

Coach Rob Chudzinski did his best to silence the conjecture Wednesday.

“I’m not going to get into any specifics about rumors and all those types of things,” Chudzinski said. “I will say we are not shopping Josh, and we have no plans of trading Josh.”

That’s it; end of story, correct? You can never assume anything with the current regime. It’s unheard of for a team to trade its first draft choice of the previous season (third overall) after just two games of his second season, but that’s what the Browns did with running back Trent Richardson. He was dealt to the Colts for a first-round pick in the 2014 draft.

It’s difficult to imagine any scenario in which the Browns would deal Gordon, other than a team offering a first-rounder that could turn into a high pick. After missing the first two games because of a suspension, Gordon has caught 18 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

STILL LOOKING: The Browns are in the market for a third-string quarterback to back up Brandon Weeded and Jason Campbell. The third-stringer at this time is Marquees Gray, who played the position in college at Minnesota but is being converted to tight end.

“We’ve been looking at our options,” Chudzinski said. “I feel comfortable from a standpoint of on game day you’re dressing two, anyhow, and that’s what we’ve done. We have an emergency third (Gray) that would be available so we can take our time and do what’s best for our team at this point.”

A THOUGHT: The success Travis Benjamin has had returning punts would seem to make him a candidate for handling kick-return duties. Greg Little is doing that after a short stint for Bobby Rainey.

“We’ll have Greg as the guy right now,” Chudzinski said. “We’re going to look at (receiver) Fozzy Whittaker. Travis is a possibility there at all times. We have to clean up some of the blocking things, as well. There’s a combination of some things going on that we have to get better at.”

LONDON BOUND?: Chudzinksi was asked his thought on possibility being one of six teams that will play regular-season games in London next year. For now he said his thoughts are strictly on the Lions.

Three teams have already been announced as hosts for next year – Atlanta, Jacksonville and Oakland. The Browns will play road games against Atlanta and Jacksonville next season and could possibly be scheduled to go to Oakland, depending on how both teams finish in this year’s standings.

The Browns played the Eagles in an exhibition game in London in 1989 in what was then called the “London Bowl.”

INJURY REPORT: Not able to practice Wednesday was defensive lineman Billy Winn (quadriceps). Linebacker Quentin Groves (ankle), fullback Chris Ogbonnaya (concussion) and linebacker Jabaal Sheard (knee) were limited. Defensive lineman Desmond Bryant, who left the game against the Bills with shortness of breath, was full-go.

Lions receiver Nate Burleson (forearm) is out. Receiver Calvin Johnson (knee) didn’t practice. Also not practicing were safety Louis Delmas (knee), tackle Jason Fox (knee) and cornerback Chris Houston (hamstring).