Wide receiver Josh Gordon could turn out to be a big steal for the New England Patriots, or he might quickly fall off as the non-factor that he has mostly been over the past four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. The Browns had awaited Gordon's return throughout the entire preseason, but after appearing in one regular-season game, the two sides have parted ways.
The Browns made it known over the weekend that they were planning to release Gordon if they couldn't trade him. In a deal first reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Patriots will send a conditional fifth-round pick to the Browns in exchange for Gordon.
Gordon's strained hamstring is not serious and he's expected to play in Week 3 against the Lions. I wish all of you nothing but the best.
He ended the post by writing, "P.S". We'll see how it goes this week.
Shortly after news of the Gordon trade broke, NBC Sports' Peter King took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the deal. The event was not sponsored by the team but was for a line of products, possibly clothing, that the wide receiver was endorsing, the source said.
The Browns have been supportive of Gordon, but the team felt betrayed and decided it was time to cut ties. He missed the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons before returning past year.
So imagine what Gordon, who's just 27, could do with Tom Brady at quarterback?
"He had a breakaway slant against [Aqib] Talib that showed the speed and athleticism, [and] a lot of good catches with Talib all on him", Harmon said. "Hopefully he will come here and does a lot of those plays for us".
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.