The Cleveland Browns have traded wide receiver Josh Gordon to the New England Patriots, the team announced Monday. Because to make room for Gordon on their roster, the Patriots have released former first-round pick Corey Coleman, who is now subject to waivers. If Gordon were to fail to meet those criteria, the Browns will send a late-round pick to New England.
According to The Athletic's Zac Jackson, the Browns lost trust in Gordon after he misled them about a commercial shoot that took place at the Browns' facility on Friday night, injured his hamstring at the filming, and then showed up late to the facility on Saturday. The injury and tardiness together led to Gordon being marked inactive for Sunday's game.
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Gordon was initially drafted by the Browns in the second round of the 2012 supplemental draft, and hauled in 50 catches for 805 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. He was an All Pro in 2013 after leading the National Football League with 1,644 receiving yards to go with nine touchdowns. From the outside looking in, it does seem odd that the team stuck by Gordon in his struggles over the last several seasons, only to trade him one week into what's supposed to be his comeback season.
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. He appeared in 41 career games and totaled 180 receptions for 3,106 yards with 16 touchdowns.
Despite only having played in 11 games since 2013, including none in 2015 and 2016 as he was on an indefinite suspension from the NFL, Gordon remains a highly regarded talent. Also Gordon's troubled past and health issues are a legitimate concern. After trading Brandin Cooks this offseason New England lacked a field-stretching weapon, even one to pose a threat.