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Patriots Acquire WR Josh Gordon From Browns

Patriots Acquire WR Josh Gordon From Browns

The Patriots' acquisition of wide receiver Josh Gordon could also yield nothing more than a quick hello and goodbye.

The deal came together two days after the Browns reached a breaking point with Gordon, who has been suspended numerous times by the National Football League for drug violations since Cleveland drafted him in 2012.

As Bill Belichick often says, a player gets a clean slate upon his arrival and the main risk to the Patriots with Floyd was more financial, as the remainder of his salary ($1.3 million) was a significant price to pay with three regular-season games and a playoff run ahead of them. On Saturday, the Browns announced that they planned to release the receiver.

The decision to trade Josh Gordon now seems a unusual one by the Browns. He's also a restricted free agent next season, which could give the 49ers the opportunity to pursue him with their ample salary cap space if he performs well in New England. One of the reasons they chose to move on was because he had reportedly broken the team's trust, a notion at which Gordon scoffed. This summer, Gordon missed a portion of Cleveland's training camp as part of his "overall health and treatment plan".

It's a gamble the Patriots were willing to take after a string of receiver additions have since become receiver subtractions.

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

"We can't worry about that", Jackson said when asked about Gordon flourishing in New England.

According to OddsShark, which cited information from the betting website Bovada, the trade for Gordon had the Patriots listed at plus-650 to win it all, tying the team with the Rams for the best odds.

"I think it's obviously known that he's a freakish athlete", Dorsett said. We'll see how it goes this week. Soon after news broke of Cleveland's intent, a number of teams began calling to inquire about Gordon. He was then suspended, again, for the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons. That year, Gordon caught 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns in just 14 games.

I mean, we all knew that's where this was heading, didn't we?

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




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