A conclusion to one of the most bizarre tenures of a Browns player1 has come as the Cleveland Browns have traded Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots in exchange for a conditional 5th round pick. Gordon must be active f0r ten games as a member of the Patriots for the pick to come to Cleveland. If Gordon were to fail to meet those criteria, the Browns will send a late-round pick to New England.
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.
As @rapsheet reported, Patriots were closing in on trade for Gordon.
Trade now official.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2018
The trade comes after a wild weekend, which included the following:
- Gordon arrived late to team facilities on Saturday, injured from a photo shoot. The injury and tardiness together led to Gordon being marked inactive for Sunday’s game.
- News of his impending-but-ultimately-non-release came out late Saturday night.
- A Browns loss to the Saints that could have been a win if not for now-former Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez missing two of four field goals and two extra points.
The NFL trek for Gordon was never easy and had more valleys than peaks. Gordon was taken in the supplemental draft in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, showing off some promise as a rookie wideout. 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. He would go on to only play in 11 more games as a Brown, no more than five games in a season, due to multiple league and team suspensions due to substance abuse.
Cleveland will now close the book on the Gordon chapter, moving on with Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway, Rashard Higgins, and Damion Ratley at the position. Callaway seems to be the heir apparent, after putting together a decent matchup with a highlight touchdown catch that might make fans forget about Flash Gordon. While it can be said that Gordon was given every opportunity by the Browns, the writing is now on the wall and might have been there for longer than the front office and fans alike wanted to admit.
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