Have the rampant trade rumors affected Gordon's play?
After checking Game Rewind, we confidently can assert that Gordon's disappointing output stemmed from a perfect storm of Brandon Weeden's errant passes, sticky coverage from Sam Shields and Davon House, a slippery playing surface and the wide receiver's failure to high-point a 50/50 jump ball in traffic.
Gordon insists the trade speculation has not carried over to the field on game days.
"It's been weeks now I've been hearing about it," Gordon said, via The Plain Dealer. "If it's going to happen, it's going to happen. That's just how I'm looking at it."
Despite reports to the contrary, coach Rob Chudzinski and CEO Joe Banner have maintained that they are not shopping Gordon and have no plans to trade him.
It doesn't hurt to listen, though. If the ante is raised to a first-round pick, Gordon's suspension risk and character concerns might trump his undeniable natural athletic ability in the Browns' eyes.