The Browns announced on Saturday that they planned to release Gordon after he showed up late to practice, but later explored trade options for the 6-foot-3 receiver. Done deal. IT's for a conditional 5th round pick.
The Browns gave up a second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft when they selected Gordon with a second-round choice in the 2012 NFL Supplemental Draft.
Josh Gordon just got shipped from Cleveland to New England where his new quarterback is TOM BRADY! A trade to put Gordon in red and gold was probably never going to happen, but Adam Schefter reported the 49ers were one of several teams involved in talks with the Browns. He has played in just 11 of a possible 66 games over the last five seasons, missing both the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. After finishing the 2017 season healthy, Gordon missed 2018's training camp to ensure his health and wellness, and the Browns again supported Gordon, welcoming him back in the final two weeks of the preseason.
Gordon caught a game-tying 17-yard touchdown pass in the Browns' Week 1 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, his lone catch of the game.
Gordon's tantalizing talent had caused the Browns to hang onto him while he dealt with drug and alcohol dependence dating his teens.
He sat out the first 11 games past year before returning for Cleveland's final five games, and caught 18 passes for 335 yards and one touchdown. The Patriots have always had receivers with a high football IQ, but Gordon doesn't fit that bill, so this is an interesting move.