Cleveland Browns trade wide receiver Josh Gordon to New England Patriots

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The Pats continued with this line of thinking after landing troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns on Monday, September 17.

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

In exchange for Gordon, the Browns received a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Gordon also had interest in the Cowboys and 49ers. Gordon was taken in the supplemental draft in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, showing off some promise as a rookie wideout.

When Gordon showed up at the team's facility on Saturday, he was said to have been 10 minutes late for a team meeting and went to the training room. When healthy, Gordon may be one of the best deep threats in the entire National Football League and if the Redskins were able to trade for him, he would instantly give Washington's offense a new dynamic that they don't now have. Would the risks of trading for him actually outweigh the rewards he brings on the field? In 41 career games in the NFL, Gordon has 180 receptions and 16 touchdowns.

Unfortunately, due to Gordon's issues, he's only played in a total of 11 regular season games since. The Patriots coach will try to work the same magic with Gordon, a 6-foot-3, 225-pounder with a dazzling blend of size and speed.

Thus Gordon has a chance to make a big impression fairly quickly - as long as he can stay in Belichick's good graces, of course, not to mention staying away from what could be a lifetime ban from the NFL.

Health-wise, it appears Gordon will be ready to go Sunday night in Detroit and it seems likely his availability will depend on how quickly he picks up the offense.

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