In a shocking move earlier today, the New England Patriots acquired WR Josh Gordon from the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a conditional 2019 5th round pick. There’s a clause in the trade where New England will get the draft pick back if Gordon doesn’t play a minimum of 10 games.
It’s a shocking move for New England, as nobody thought they would acquire the troubled receiver. Their receiver depth chart is very deep now:
Julian Edelman (suspension), Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, Matthew Slater, and now, Josh Gordon. I would expect Gordon to get a bulk of the touches at receiver with Edelman suspended for the next couple weeks. Gordon is also healthy enough to play vs. the Lions on Sunday, which will give New England a great vertical threat for next week.
Gordon is on a 1 year/$790k deal which he signed at the start of Free Agency. If Gordon has a great 2018 season, he could be looking at a big contract extension.
This could be a very good fit for both Gordon & the Patriots. Gordon finally gets a superstar QB in Tom Brady, who could push his game to the next level (again), and Brady gets another big weapon for him to throw to. He could rejuvenate his career & get back to his 2013 season, where he totaled 1,646 yards & 9 TDs with Cleveland.
Gordon has gotten in some trouble with Cleveland recently. It was reported Saturday that he showed up late to the facility & that he was complaining about a hamstring injury, which he suffered during a photoshoot. Cleveland also lost their trust in Gordon as of late. It appears as if the team that stuck with Gordon for 3+ years of suspensions decided to give up on him too quickly
As for Cleveland, this is the 2nd top receiver they’ve traded away recently, the other one being Corey Coleman. Cleveland is looking to rebuild their roster from scratch and start over for the future. Cleveland has brought in some talent in the WR group recently as well. They acquired Jarvis Landry in a trade with Miami, and later signed him to a mega contract extension, then they drafted Antonio Callaway during the off-season, which could be some of the reason why Gordon was ultimately traded.
Gordon, Edelman, Hogan, and Gronk, among others, are going to be a problem for many opposing defenses for years to come.
To make room for Gordon, the Patriots released WR Corey Coleman.