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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Nothing wrong with listening to trade offers

By Pat McManamon

The news that the Cleveland Browns talked with the San Francisco 49ers about a trade for receiver Josh Gordon first makes a person wonder if the Browns just answered a phone call.

“Hello ... Fine, you? ... Thanks ... Gordon? ... For what? ... Nah.”

Click.

But then the news makes a person realize that the Browns owe it to themselves, their team and their fans to listen to any and all offers for any and all players. This isn’t exactly breaking up the undefeated Dolphins.

The right offer can suddenly make someone not on the trading block tradable. I mean, who knows when a team might offer a first-round pick for a running back?

The Browns and 49ers did discuss Gordon, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The details are not public, but they did have talks.

San Francisco needed a receiver with Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree hurt, though the fact both receivers will be back playing soon mitigates the need for acquiring Gordon, who is one positive drug test from a one-year suspension.

At first glance, it sounds like lunacy to consider trading Gordon. He is the team’s biggest playmaker. He’s a big, fast receiver who, while not sure-handed, is talented and should get better.

But as nuts as a possible Gordon trade sounds, the Trent Richardson trade sounded just as nuts when it was announced.

How has that worked out so far?

Gordon does have that suspension hanging over his head, so a regime that didn’t draft Gordon but is looking to stockpile picks to rebuild with a splashy 2014 draft might be more apt to listen. The Browns evidently talked and listened.

That the deal was not completed should encourage Browns fans.

This front office won’t just give away guys simply because it didn’t draft them. It will, though, pay attention if another team calls and makes an offer. That’s called doing its job.

Not making the trade indicates the 49ers' offer was lacking.

Which makes sense.

Teams know about Gordon’s pending suspension issue, so they’re probably hoping to buy low. Gordon cost the Browns a second-round pick, and they probably have that as a starting point in a trade. The 49ers probably offered lower.

Clearly it seems that prying Gordon out of Cleveland will take a lot if a team really wants to finish the deal.