Cleveland Browns Trade Josh Gordon To Patriots

The Cleveland Browns traded wide receiver Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots on Monday, but they also had three other suitors expressing interest.

The Browns just haven't drafted many winners with a fifth-round pick, and I know most fans would rather have Gordon than any of the players mentioned above.

When told that both the Patriots and Browns released statements announcing the trade, Belichick said a little bit more goes into those deals beyond press releases coming out. However, if Gordon is not active for at least 10 of the Patriots' final 14 games, the Browns owe the Patriots a seventh-round selection in 2019.

New England is thin enough at wide receiver that they tried former Browns draft bust Corey Coleman recently.

Josh Gordon could be a great asset for the Patriots | Source Ken Blaze-USA Today Sports
Josh Gordon could be a great asset for the Patriots | Source Ken Blaze-USA Today Sports

Then, Gordon returned to the team days prior to the preseason finale only to suffer a hamstring injury that kept him out of practice until the Wednesday before the regular-season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But that was in 2013, and Gordon has played in just 11 games since because of his off-field issues. Gordon, 27, has played in only 11 National Football League games since his breakthrough season as a second-year pro in 2013, when he had 87 catches for 1,646 yards in 14 games.

Rapoport reported Sunday morning Gordon had injured his hamstring during a promotional photoshoot, which contributed to Browns' decision to release him. Gordon has only made it through an entire 16-game season one time, and that came in his rookie year of 2012.

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