One player told Freeman of a moment last season when the 23-year-old pass-catcher wrangled a small group of teammates in the locker room and vowed his battle with substance abuse was in the rear-view mirror.
"I want to promise you guys that I won't be in trouble again," Gordon said, according to the source.
The mess leaves Cleveland in a tough spot. While Gordon has lost the trust of his peers, cutting him makes zero sense for a team that isn't in position to shed league-leading receivers.
Gordon could miss the entire year and still return at the tender age of 24. If he gets his personal life back on track, front offices from east to west would swoop in to take a chance on such a rare talent.
"I cannot find a single team or league official who believes that Gordon will not play again," wrote Freeman.