The Cleveland Browns announced their plan to move on from wide receiver Josh Gordon over the weekend, saying they will look to trade him by Monday and release him if unable to work out a deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are sending the Browns a conditional 2019 fifth-round draft pick in exchange for Gordon.
Gordon's strained hamstring is not serious and he's expected to play in Week 3 against the Lions.
As a result, typing "six seasons with the Browns" in reference to Gordon isn't entirely accurate. If Gordon is not active in at least 10 games, the Browns will send the Patriots a 2019 seventh round pick.
If Gordon lands in New England and can stay on the field - and that's a big "if" - he could be an instant threat for the Patriots.
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However, after that Pro Bowl season, Gordon was suspended for 44 consecutive games dating back to the final week of the 2014 season, which was a team ban for reportedly missing a walk-through prior to a trip to Baltimore to play the Ravens.
Now, back to the football part of this story: Gordon has shown himself to be a rare talent, leading the NFL in receiving in 2013 with 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns despite only appearing in 14 games.
New England is thin at wide receiver and will be without Julian Edelman for two more games as he finishes serving his four-game suspension for violating the league's performance enhancing drug policy.
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.