Browns trade wide receiver Josh Gordon to Patriots

In order to get Gordon, the New England Patriots traded away a 2019 fifth round draft pick and received a conditional 2019 seventh round draft pick along with Gordon from the Browns.

In the end, a fifth-round draft choice is a modest price to pay for the chance to see if Gordon's talent might emerge again - especially given the depleted state of the Patriots' wide receiver corps.

The Patriots have acquired Josh Gordon from Cleveland, the Browns announced. The Browns made a decision to leave him behind when they traveled to New Orleans, and later said they meant to release him.

It looks like the revolving door at wide receiver will continue spinning for the Patriots.

Gordon also had interest in the Cowboys and 49ers. Gordon will be a restricted free agent after the season and New England can tender him. With Julian Edelman starting the season on a four-game suspension, Phillip Dorsett, Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson have been the only wide receivers with catches thus far, as the team cut ties in the offseason with a number of noteworthy veteran players, including Kenny Britt, Eric Decker, Jordan Matthews and Malcolm Mitchell.

Taking on Gordon is a risk, but it's the type of low-risk, high-reward move that a team like the Patriots can afford.

"I'm content with our whole team, he said. I always feel, since camp ended and we got our 53, we can win with the people we have".

The Browns declared Gordon out for Week 2 because of a hamstring injury and left him in Cleveland before the team departed for New Orleans for Sunday's loss to the Saints. I'm glad that we're not in a space where we're thinking about those things: "What could be, what could not be, and that we're coaching the guys that are here". Gordon was then suspended for the first two games of the 2013 season but wasted no time in making his imprint on the rest of the league, catching 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.

Gordon sat out the first 11 games previous year before returning for Cleveland's final five games.


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