CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Browns have tendered Josh Gordon and center Austin Reiter as exclusive rights free agents, and both will make $790,000, the veteran minimum for players with two accrued seasons.
It means Gordon, a 2013 Pro Bowler, will play for $15.192 million less this season than Browns three-time Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry, who will play under the franchise tag of $15.982 million for receivers.
Gordon is slated to play the marquis "X'' position, the spot reserved for No. 1 receivers. The Browns are pursuing Terrelle Pryor to play the "Z'' and Landry will be in the slot. Corey Coleman might have to fight for playing time if the Browns don't trade him.
Gordon's relatively meager salary in 2018 is a direct result of his substance abuse problems.
Because he's been suspended for most of his career, he has only two accrued seasons despite the fact he was drafted in the supplemental draft in 2012. If Gordon had been able to stay on the straight and narrow, he'd be in his second contract and likely making $13 million or $14 million.