The Cleveland Browns trade Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots

Lynette Rowe
September 18, 2018

As the trade rumors surrounding the Cleveland Browns and wide receiver Josh Gordon continue to swirl, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports the New England Patriots are close to being the destination. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday the trade was initially supposed to be for a sixth-round pick, but the Patriots do not have a sixth-round pick in next year's draft. But Patriots stepped in and closed.

The Cleveland Browns were set to release wide receiver Josh Gordon, but a few National Football League teams apparently made sure they pressed pause on that decision. Still, his troubled past with suspensions and lingering injuries also likely made it hard to get much in return in the first place despite Gordon's extreme athleticism and ability when he's on the field.

The Patriots are sending a conditional fifth-round draft choice to the Browns for Gordon.

While a home run hitter like Gordon or Jackson is prone to down games depending on a variety of factors, including how well they're defended, the effectiveness of the run game, weather, etc., they are are the types of players who add value just by being on the field.

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Gordon, 27, missed much of the offseason as he took time away from the team to deal with personal matters, but announced his return mid-August. In a statement released prior to training camp, Gordon revealed he was "doing great" both physically and mentally, and "excited to start the season".

The Browns had felt they had reached their breaking point with Gordon - after sticking with him through multiple suspensions stemming from substance abuse issues.

Active for Cleveland's Week 1 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Gordon caught one of his three targets for a 17-yard touchdown. However, the Browns have fielded calls from eight to 10 teams interested in making a deal for the controversial wideout and are reportedly looking to send him to the NFC if a suitable trade partner presents itself. He played in five games, catching 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown.

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