After announcing their plans to move on from the troubled receiver, the Cleveland Browns have traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots for a fifth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Trade now agreed to: Patriots are sending Cleveland a 5th-round pick and if Gordon isn't active for 10 games, Patriots get back a late-round pick from Browns, sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2018
As @rapsheet reported, Patriots were closing in on trade for Gordon.
Trade now official.
Schefter added that if Gordon isn't active for 10 games, the Patriots will get a 2019 seventh-round pick.
There are plenty of big storylines here in the blockbuster trade. For one, the talented Gordon gets another chance to revive his career after the Browns decided it was time to move on.
For another, the Patriots are trying to find a solution to their depleted wide receiver group, which has been ineffective through the first two games as they continue to wait Julian Edelman's return from suspension in Week 5.
Named to the Pro Bowl in 2013 after registering 1,646 yards in 14 games, Gordon is now trying to get his career back on track. He played just five games in 2014, due to suspensions for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy and breaking Cleveland team rules.
After violating the NFL's policy once again, Gordon was suspended for all of 2015 and sat out 2016 as he entered rehab. Gordon finally returned in Week 13 of the 2017 season, and he finished the campaign with 18 catches for 335 yards and one touchdown.
The Browns announced last week that they were moving on from Gordon, and it was reported in the early hours of Monday that the team would trade him. Perhaps there's no better place for Gordon to play than New England, who needs on offense after losing Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and Brandin Cooks in the offseason.
Bill Belichick loves his reclamation projects, but one should remember that the Chad Johnson and Albert Haynesworth trades didn't go so well. Gordon now has limited time to learn the New England offense and gel with a team built around by short passes to its running backs and over-the-middle balls to tight end Rob Gronkowski.
It'll be interesting to see how Gordon fits in with his new team, and if the Patriots can find a way to revive the career of a very talented player.