Browns sign Josh Gordon to exclusive rights tender

Gordon, 27, was reinstated a year ago after serving an indefinite suspension since 2014 for repeated violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy. He will earn $790,000 this season.

Fullback Danny Vitale, wide receiver Matt Hazel and offensive lineman Austin Reiter also signed one-year ERFA deals on Monday. Gordon led the league in receiving yards in 2012 but has played in just 24 games over the next five seasons.

Josh Gordon is officially back with the Browns.

The signings coincide with the start of the Browns offseason program at team headquarters in Berea.

Gordon returned to the Browns and played five games last season following an National Football League suspension and a lengthy rehab stint.

Gordon will be a restricted free agent next season, which means he won't strike it rich until 2020 when he will be an unrestricted free agent.

Gordon has cost himself multi-million dollar contracts because of his addictions to drugs and alcohol.

Gordon led the entire National Football League with 1,646 receiving yards in 2013 while catching 87 passes. He was activated for the last five games of the regular season, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and a touchdown in that time.

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