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Browns use exclusive rights tag to keep WR Josh Gordon for only $790,000

From the no-brainer department, the Browns used the exclusive rights tag to keep receiver Josh Gordon, a source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Tuesday.

The former All-Pro who ranks among the most gifted receivers in the league will play for $790,000 in 2018.

For comparison, Jarvis Landry is scheduled to make $16 million under the franchise tag. The Browns agreed Friday to a trade to acquire Landry from the Dolphins.

Jacksonville’s Allen Robinson will sign a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears when the league year starts Wednesday at 4 p.m., according to multiple reports.

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Gordon, who will turn 27 on April 13, wasn’t eligible for restricted or unrestricted free agency because he’s had only two accrued seasons since joining the Browns in 2012. He played five games each in 2014 and 2017 after returning from two of his suspensions, and six games are necessary for a season to count toward free agency.

As an exclusive rights free agent, he has no choice but to play for the Browns.

Gordon had 18 catches for 335 yards and a touchdown last season.

Coach Hue Jackson said last month at the scouting combine the team would use the exclusive rights tag on Gordon and left the door open for a long-term deal down the road.

“We want Josh Gordon to be a Cleveland Brown for a long time,” Jackson said. “We’ll see where that all goes, but again, he has to do his part in that and we hope he will and I’m sure he will.”

Gordon’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent after 2018 and unrestricted after 2019.

Browns writer for The Chronicle-Telegram and The Medina Gazette. Proud graduate of Northwestern University. Husband and stepdad. Avid golfer who needs to hit the range to get down to a single-digit handicap. Right about Johnny Manziel, wrong about Brandon Weeden. Contact Scott at 440-329-7253, or email and follow him on and Twitter.

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